Keenan Allen and the Chargers have agreed to a multi-year extension to maintain the receiver in Los Angeles long-term, the membership introduced on Saturday. The extension shall be price greater than $80 million for 4 years, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, which might make Allen the NFL’s second highest-paid receiver behind Falcons wideout Julio Jones. 

Allen celebrated his extension through Instagram shortly after the information broke:

Wish to thank the group, Tom Telesco particularly for giving me a chance! Tremendous juiced about this. CHARGER FANS WE LOCKED IN FOR ANOTHER ROUND, FOREVER A CHARGER!

Allen (whose earlier cap hit was $12.65 million) was slated to enter the 2020 season because the 18th highest-paid receiver within the league by way of annual wage. Final season, Allen caught a career-high 104 passes for 1,199 yards and 6 touchdowns. He caught a minimum of 5 passes 12 instances throughout 2019, together with a 13-catch, 183-yard, two landing efficiency within the Chargers’ Week 3 loss to the Texans.

A 3rd-round decide within the 2013 draft, Allen caught 71 passes for 1,046 yards and eight touchdowns throughout his rookie season. After sustaining a number of accidents over the subsequent three years, Allen labored on changing into a extra accessible and constant participant. He altered his weight room routine whereas staying in form yr spherical. The result’s three straight Professional Bowl picks whereas incomes one of many league’s most profitable contracts. 

Whereas he is not one of the highly-touted receivers within the league at this level of his profession, coach Anthony Lynn says the Chargers totally recognize Allen’s worth to the workforce. 

“We all know Keenan’s worth,” Lynn not too long ago mentioned of Allen, through The Athletic. “He is a giant receiver that may play inside and out of doors. He is a wonderful blocker within the run recreation. His run-after-catch is excellent. Some individuals could knock him a bit bit on his lengthy pace. However he is a really assured younger man and really productive. So he does not need to show something to us.

“He is a giant receiver that may play inside and out of doors. He is a wonderful blocker within the run recreation. His run-after-catch (capacity) is excellent. Some individuals could knock him a bit bit on his lengthy pace. However he is a really assured younger man and really productive. So he does not need to show something to us.”

Allen’s extension comes greater than a month after teammate Joey Bosa agreed to a five-year, $135 million extension. The Professional Bowl cross rusher’s contract contains $78 million totally assured at signing and $102 million assured — a brand new NFL report. 

The subsequent Chargers veteran that could be in line for a brand new extension is receiver Mike Williams. The seventh total decide within the 2017 draft, Williams is the forty sixth highest-paid receiver (by way of annual wage) within the league heading into the 2020 season. That is fairly a cut price for a participant that led the NFL with a 20.2 yards per reception common in 2019. Final season was a breakout yr for Williams, who eclipsed the 1,000-yard receiving barrier for the primary time in his profession. His breakout efficiency happened in Week 9, when he caught all three of his targets for 111 yards in a highway win over the Packers. 

Williams and Allen will look to proceed constructing a rapport with veteran quarterback Tyrod Taylor, who was not too long ago named the Chargers’ Week 1 starter. 

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