Washington Football Team should inquire about WR Allen Robinson
By Ian Cummings
If Week 1 was any indication, the Washington Football Team could enlist some more help at the wide receiver position, and a big name might be available.
Only ten of Dwayne Haskins’ seventeen completions went to wide receivers on Sunday against the Eagles, and only one receiver — Terry McLaurin — reached the five-catch threshold. Steven Sims showed some promise with a three-catch, 50-yard outing, but the Washington Football Team can clearly use more dynamic ability on the offensive side of the ball.
Of course, if Washington is 0-1 at this point, we’re not even considering the possibility of trading for help, because Washington wouldn’t be in a situation where giving up assets for immediate assistance was a necessity.
But already, the circumstances have changed. The Washington Football Team not only won their Week 1 contest against their division rivals, the Philadelphia Eagles, but they’re also the only team in the NFC East that started off the season with a win, and both the Cowboys and the Giants looked extremely vulnerable in their season-opening games.
It’s still too early to overreact, but even the realist has to admit at this point: The Washington Football Team is suddenly, unexpectedly in the running to compete. One of the things holding them back, at this point, is their talent on the offensive side of the ball. But what do competing teams do to correct those kinds of issues? They trade for help.
Quick pivot to our next topic of discussion: Allen Robinson. He’s a 27-year old Pro Bowl-caliber wide receiver who’s coming off a season in which he caught 98 passes for 1,147 yards and seven touchdowns with Mitchell Trubisky as his quarterback. He’s off to a strong start this season, but he doesn’t seem satisfied with his contract situation in Chicago.
NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported earlier today that talks between Robinson and the Bears have hit a snag. Robinson is due for a new contract in 2021, and Pelissero said that while no official trade request has been made yet, there is some instability in that situation, perhaps enough that a compelling call from a potential suitor could catalyze a deal.
If you’re the Washington Football Team, the pros of this prospective deal seem to healthily outweigh the cons. Robinson, in a contract year, isn’t likely to demand more than a second or third-round pick — Washington has two of those. Robinson is a workmanlike alpha target who should fit the culture and fit Dwayne Haskins’ style, and Washington would have more than enough money to give him a new contract in 2021 and beyond.
That said, it’s not a flawless idea in theory. The Washington Football Team would have to give up a considerable total amount of draft and financial assets, and while Robinson himself is proven, his chemistry with Haskins is not.
If you’re Washington, this is only a move you make if you’re seriously serious about competing not just for the NFC East title, but for playoff respect in 2020. And as impressive as the Washington Football Team was in their season debut, it’s doubtful that they’ve reached that point yet.
Additionally, there’s no concrete evidence that he’ll even be moved. This is all theoretical at the moment. But if Robinson is available, and if the price is a third-round pick, Washington should consider pulling the trigger. He’d immediately supplement the offense with near-elite receiving talent, and he’d potentially be the piece needed to take the next step.