Bears expected to retain top 3 RFAs with $1.9M tenders

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Robinson, a second round pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2014, has 202 catches for 2,848 yards and 22 touchdowns in 43 games.

The 6-3, 211-pound receiver, who turns 25 in August, tore his ACL in Week 1 last season. The Bears' use of an original-round tender suggests they may not share Meredith's confidence, or else they view his impressive 2016 campaign as somewhat of a fluke. Last week, they elected not to franchise him, which would've been worth roughly $16 million. Last offseason Pace tried to fill Jeffery's absence by signing Markus Wheaton, Kendall Wright and Victor Cruz in free agency to complement Cameron Meredith and Kevin White.

The 24-year-old should immediately become the top target for Trubisky who, after being selected second overall by the Bears in the 2017 draft, went 4-8 as a rookie, throwing for 2,193 yards and seven touchdowns with seven interceptions. He was the team's snapper for all of 2016 and five games the season prior.

Through his first three offseasons Pace's free-agent track record isn't good. 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 deal is cheaper than most would've expected as Pierre Garcon and the 49ers agreed to a deal during this time period last year, giving him 5 years and $47.5 million with $23 million in guarantees.

Callahan has started 19 games in three seasons since signing with the Bears after going undrafted out of Rice in 2015. After that, restricted free agents who earn tenders are only allowed to negotiate with the franchise they played for this past season. He could be back with the team since they have no long snapper on the roster. He started six games in the slot past year when the Bears opened in nickel defense.

Robinson is set to assume the mantle of No. 1 target for Trubisky in that receiving group, which could hold some promise if White and Meredith fully recover from their respective injuries. Andrew DePaola was the Bears' long-snapper a year ago but is unrestricted.

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