The Bills have already made one trade to get higher in the first round.
“He’s just a big target (6’3″ and 210 pounds) that knows how to get open,” Pace said, per the Chicago Tribune’s Colleen Kane. “He’s a savvy route runner that can set guys up and he’s just a proven receiver. He’s a physical guy that can body and out-position guys, and it’s a guy that obviously we targeted and are excited to get here.”
The Bears also signed Taylor Gabriel, who is one of the NFL’s fastest and most explosive targets. The 5’8″, 167-pound Gabriel works primarily out of the slot, and he’s tremendous after the catch. His quickness next to the bigger Robinson should give defenses headaches trying to cover both.
Pace didn’t stop there.
Trey Burton, who many will remember for throwing a touchdown pass in Super Bowl LII to Nick Foles, adds an athletic weapon at tight end to pair with Adam Shaheen.
Trubisky leading Nagy’s offense with his choice of targets in Robinson, Gabriel, Burton, Shaheen, Josh Bellamy, a fully recovered Cameron Meredith and Jordan Howard or Tarik Cohen out of the backfield has the potential to be special.
Few players know how valuable the franchise tag is quite like Kirk Cousins and Trumaine Johnson, who both cashed in on huge deals after spending the last two years playing under the tag. It provided each player huge financial leverage.
Johnson used his to get a deal worth $14.5 million per season from the Jets, who went into free agency with the most cap room in the NFL. It was a good mix of player and team, at least financially, but Johnson is no longer a one-year rental on the tag. He’s locked into one of the league’s biggest defensive contracts, and the Jets will expect him to produce accordingly.
Johnson is a good player, and his combination of size (6’2″, 213 lbs) and athletic ability is rare, but it’s hard to argue that he’s a difference-maker. He has just three total interceptions the last two seasons and is often inconsistent snap to snap, game to game. The Rams made little effort to bring him back, choosing instead to trade for two Pro Bowl corners. This looks like a deal that won’t age well.