Wide receiver Keenan Allen has signed a four-year extension with the Los Angeles Chargers. The deal is worth at least $80 million and will make him the second highest paid receiver in the league on a per-year basis. Allen has been with the Chargers all seven years of his career thus far.
The #Chargers and Pro Bowl WR @Keenan13Allen have agreed to terms on a new extension, per @JobyBranion of @VanguardSG. More than $80m on a 4-year extension making him the 2nd highest-paid WR in the NFL.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 5, 2020
Keenan Allen Signs Four-Year Extension
Keenan Allen has been playing at a very high level for the last three years. 2019 saw him have a franchise record 104 receptions for 1,199 yards and six touchdowns. His best game came in Week 3 when he pulled in 13 catches for 183 yards and two touchdowns.
Allen played football in college with the California Golden Bears from 2010 to 2012 before entering the NFL Draft. Despite being projected as a first-round receiver, he slipped to the third round due to an injury from 2012 that affected him during the Combine. The Chargers selected him with the 76th overall pick.
It only took Allen a few games to break out for the Chargers and he had a 1,000-yard rookie season. He was the runner-up for Offensive Rookie of the Year as a result. The next few years were tough for him as he struggled with injuries; 2015 and 2016 saw him play only nine total games. He tore his ACL in Week 1 of the 2016 season, leaving his future somewhat in doubt.
He bounced back big-time in 2017 and hasn’t missed a game since. He had 102 receptions for a career-high 1,393 yards, got his first Pro Bowl, and received the Comeback Player of the Year Award. From 2017 to 2019, he’s made all three Pro Bowls, had a total of 303 receptions, and established himself as one of the better receivers in the game.
Thus far in Allen’s career, he has 524 receptions for 6,405 yards and 54 touchdowns. With one more year remaining on his current contract, he’ll be looking to continue his recent success with the Chargers for at least another five years.
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