Four-year NFL veteran center Brian Allen has signed with the Los Angeles Rams. Allen started 16 games at center last year for the Los Angeles Rams when they won Super Bowl LVI. Allen has started 25 of the 38 games he has appeared in since 2018.
Brian Allen returning to the Rams on a three-year, $24 million deal, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 14, 2022
Brian Allen, Los Angeles Rams, Agree to Contract
The Los Angeles Rams drafted Allen in the fourth round with the 111th pick in the 2018 NFL Draft out of Michigan State. At the time, John Sullivan was the starting center for the Rams. Despite this, Allen played in 13 games as a rookie in 2018. He was a part of the team that lost to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII, by a score of 13-3.
Allen became the starting center for the Rams in 2019 when John Sullivan retired. The entire offensive line took a step back, as Allen struggled in his sophomore season. Allen started nine games, committed five penalties, and allowed one sack and 21 pressures. The Rams placed him on injured reserve on November 12th, 2019 after suffering an MCL injury. His run blocking was above average, but he protected the passer at a poor level.
After being one of the first NFL players to get COVID-19, Allen experienced multiple injuries during his rehab period and did not play in a single game for the Rams in 2020. Austin Blythe started all 16 games as Allen’s replacement at center.
After Blythe signed with the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2021 offseason, the Rams gave Allen his old spot as the starting center. Allen remained healthy the whole season, allowing five sacks, committing five penalties, and allowing 12 pressures. The Rams offensive line allowed the sixth-fewest sacks and helped put the offense among the NFL’s best. Allen started at center for the Rams during the playoffs as they later went on to defeat the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl LVI, by a score of 23-20.
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