NFL veteran quarterback Kyle Allen received the Exclusive Rights Tender from the Washington Football Team. Allen spent his first two seasons in the NFL with the Carolina Panthers after going undrafted out of Houston in 2018. Once Ron Rivera was hired in Washington, Allen was traded to the Washington Football Team in exchange for a fifth-round pick, starting four games for them before going down with a dislocated ankle.
Washington has issued the exclusive rights tender to QB Kyle Allen, per source. Allen would play next season for $850,000.
— Ben Standig (@BenStandig) March 10, 2021
Washington Football Team Puts Exclusive Rights Tender
Out of Desert Mountain High School, Allen was a five-star recruit heading to Texas A&M with aspirations to be the starting quarterback. He took over the starting job as a freshman after Kenny Hill was benched. Allen finished out the 2014 as the starter before beating out Kyler Murray for the starting quarterback position in 2015. Despite getting off to a 5-0 start, Allen struggled mightily against Alabama and Ole Miss the following weeks. After being benched, Allen transferred to Houston, where he sat out the 2016 season due to transfer rules and played in four games in 2017.
Allen still declared for the draft, but went undrafted in 2018. In Allen’s first career start, he led the Panthers to a 33-14 Week 17 win against the New Orleans Saints, throwing for 228 yards and two touchdowns. Then, in 2019, Cam Newton went down with a foot injury, leaving Allen as the starter. He got off to a blistering start, winning his first four games and passing for 901 yards, seven touchdowns, and zero interceptions. However, Allen came flying down to Earth as he threw 15 interceptions to just ten touchdowns in a 1-7 stretch for the Panthers.
Finally, Allen was anointed the starting quarterback in Washington after Dwayne Haskins was benched the first time. Despite starting four games, Allen finished just two of them, injuring his shoulder against the Los Angeles Rams and leaving the second game against the New York Giants with a gruesome ankle injury. All in all, Allen completed just under 69% of his passes in 2020, posting 610 yards and four touchdowns. But, he did have two costly turnovers in his first start against the Giants.
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