And they still might not, because reports Tuesday morning had Watkins agreeing to three years for $48 million with the Chiefs. That means the Bears can match any offer from other teams, but won't receive compensation if they choose to not sign either player.
The majority of those yards, specifically in 2015, were made on the deep ball, as Robinson caught 19 balls for 672 yards on passes that were thrown over 20 yards. But he has been one of the Bears' top special-teams players in his three seasons with the Bears, and his production as a pass catcher has crept up in each season.
The Bears have nobody who can blow to the top off the defense, nobody who scares other secondaries, nobody who opens up other areas that makes teammates more productive. In 2016, the 5-foot-9, 191-pound Callahan started 10 games, five at nickel and five at corner in the base defense.
Robinson's 2017 season was cut short nearly as soon as it began when he tore his ACL In Week 1, but the setback did not prevent him from drawing heavy interest in free agency, and he appears headed to Chicago after four years in Jacksonville.
The Bears won't tender long snapper Patrick Scales, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. He could be back with the team since they have no long snapper on the roster. The veteran missed all of 2017 with a torn ACL.