LA Chargers: Why Keenan Allen will undoubtedly re-sign
By Jason Reed
Keenan Allen is due next for a new contract from the LA Chargers.
The LA Chargers wrapped up a busy offseason with the best news of the entire offseason when they extended Joey Bosa to a five-year, $135 million contract. This ensures that Bosa will be a Charger for another six seasons and if all goes as planned, will be considered one of the best in franchise history when it is all said and done.
That marked off the biggest impending free agent from the 2021 class but there is still a massive one that the Chargers have to do business with: Keenan Allen.
Allen is the face of the Chargers’ offense with Philip Rivers now on the Indianapolis Colts and is due for a big payday after this season. But will be it be with the Bolts? Some fans are worried that it won’t be.
Don’t worry, Keenan Allen is undoubtedly going to re-sign with the LA Chargers, whether it is tomorrow, next week or after the 2020 season. Here is why.
1. Mike Williams is not ready to be a WR1
I love Mike Williams, I really do, but I do not think that the product of Clemson is ready to be a legitimate WR1. Now, that could change with a great season in 2020, but chances are that he is not going to be much better than he was last year and he could very well be worse.
Williams was great as a deep threat for a gunslinging quarterback but with Tyrod Taylor under center chances are that his targets are going to go down and so will his overall numbers. Will he prove to be a more versatile receiver in this offense? We have to wait and see.
Of course, Justin Herbert’s big arm plays nicely for Williams but that Chargers likely are not buying in on Williams being the WR1 post-Keenan Allen. Williams is under contract through the 2021 season and is going to be set for a payday himself.
I get that Williams is younger than Allen but Allen is still on the right side of 30 and has proven that he is a legitimate, elite, WR1. If you are going to pay one of them you pay Keenan Allen 10 times out of 10.