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Zach Allen Signs Contract With Denver Broncos

NFL veteran defensive lineman Zach Allen has a new contract. The Boston College product spent 2022 with the Arizona Cardinals.
Zach Allen Contract

NFL veteran defensive lineman Zach Allen has signed a new contract with the Denver Broncos. Allen spent the 2022 season with the Arizona Cardinals, the team that drafted him in 2019.

Zach Allen, Denver Broncos, Agree to Contract

In 2022, Allen was a breakout star for the Cardinals. Over 13 games, Allen notched 5.5 sacks and amassed 47 total tackles, 10 tackles-for-loss, and 19 quarterback hits. Allen’s career-best 35 quarterback pressures and 8.3% pressure rate were among the best of all interior defensive linemen in the NFL. His 37.9% run-stop win rate was equally impressive. Allen also managed an impressive eight passes defended, with many pointing to the similarities between his playstyle with J.J. Watt’s.

While the numbers may not immediately jump off the page, Allen certainly passed the eye test in 2022. He finished the season with an overall PFF grade of 72.7. His run-defense grade was above 60 and his pass-rush grade was above 70. The strong year meant that Allen was one of two Cardinals listed in ESPN’s top 50 free agents (23). Despite the breakout season, Allen missed the final four weeks of the 2022 campaign due to a hand injury sustained against the New England Patriots.

Allen was drafted in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft. He was considered a ‘sleeper’ mid-round prospect in the 2019 class. Coming out of Boston College, Allen was primarily a 4-3 power rusher. His selection by the Cardinals was thus puzzling, given their 3-4 scheme. In Arizona, Allen was deployed as a 3-4 defensive end. His rookie year was quiet due to injury. After his rookie year, Allen showed promise in 2020 and improved drastically in 2021. In 2021, Allen accounted for four sacks and scored a touchdown on a fumble recovery. Despite the promising signs on the field, Allen has struggled to stay healthy for a full NFL season so far, though this was not a concern at the college level.


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