Finally, the San Diego Chargers and Keenan Allen found the right amount of money and years to finalize this extension. Allen has been everything for the Bolts, as he has outworked his rookie contract, plus he is a vital part of the passing game that helps Rivers dearly. This is Rivers favorite target, and they did well by giving him a four-year deal worth more than $44 mil, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.
Allen is so valuable to the Chargers that they had the NFL’s No. 1 offense in an eight game span with Allen. In the other eight without him, they ranked 24th, which their average yards per game fell from 423.3 to 320.4, a difference of 102.9, which over 100 yards is a big difference in the game today.
In fact, Allen was drafted in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft and has stepped in nicely for San Diego. The 24-year-old receiver missed half of the 2015 season due to a lacerated kidney, which is from taking on multiple, but hard hits, which he gets hit on mostly every play, as he is given the ball multiple times. Interestingly, if Allen did not get hurt, he would of had a career year by going over 90 receptions for 1,500 yards and landing in the end zone at least eight to ten times, but in half a season, he produced 67 catches for 725 yards and only scoring four times. He averaged 10.8 yards per catch. He will be 100 percent ready to play the whole 2016 season, if he does not get laid out like the previous two years.
Do not forget that Allen’s breakout season was his rookie year, where he putted up incredible numbers for a third round pick with 71 catches for 1,046 yards and scoring eight times.
Lastly, Allen is most likely getting the same deal like Jaguars receiver Allen Hurns, who received a four-year deal worth a total of $40 mil. Allen should be getting paid more, as he is more prestigious than Hurns, plus Allen is a number one receiver unlike Hurns, who is at best a number two or three receiver depending on other receivers on the team.