Keenan Allen

LA Chargers: Six reasons to re-sign Keenan Allen at all costs

By Alexander Insdorf
CARSON, CA - OCTOBER 22: Keenan Allen
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(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) – LA Chargers /

Keenan Allen is next in line for an extension from the LA Chargers and rightfully deserves a new contract.

Keenan Allen will be a free agent in 2021 unless the LA Chargers decide to extend him before then. At training camp this week, Allen said that he isn’t overly concerned about a new deal:

Keenan Allen on getting a new contract done before the season: "That would be nice, but I ain't tripping." #Chargers

— Daniel Popper (@danielrpopper) August 17, 2020

Even though it doesn’t seem like Allen will hold out, the Chargers should give him a new contract before next year’s free agency anyway. As the number one receiver on the team, he takes first priority in getting an extension prior to anyone else on the roster. He should definitely get paid before Melvin Ingram, Desmond King, or Hunter Henry.

1. Keenan Allen is a top 5-10 receiver in the league

Some people will say that Allen is a top-five receiver in the league. Others will claim he’s top 10. Either way, he’s one of the best wideouts in the league and has a profound effect on this offense.

Over his last three Pro Bowl seasons, Allen has racked up 303 receptions for 3788 yards and 18 touchdowns. Michael Thomas, Julio Jones, and DeAndre Hopkins are the only other receivers in my opinion who have really had more production than Allen over the last three years.

Consistency is a huge factor in re-signing Allen as well. To this point, there have been no signs of a drop-off in his game. Over those same last three years, only Hopkins, Allen, and Zach Ertz have put up 70 receptions and six touchdowns each season.

No matter what nonsense Chris Simms tries to tell you, Allen is an elite receiver who has done so much for this offense. They need him.