2. Keenan Allen
- Highest ranking: Second
- Lowest ranking: Second
Charger fans got wonderful news on Saturday as it was reported that Keenan Allen agreed to a four-year, $80.1 million contract extension with the team. Allen’s next contract was the one looming thing over the Chargers and they got it done before the season even began.
That is huge for the Chargers as they now have Justin Herbert’s future number one target locked down for a total of five more seasons. Allen is still only 28 years old and it is reasonable to expect at least four of the five seasons to be at the level he currently is playing now.
Allen now has the potential to become the greatest wide receiver in franchise history and he is likely going to accomplish the feat. Allen has to average 636 receiving yards per season over the next five season to pass Lance Alworth for the most receiving yards by a wide receiver in franchise history.
If Allen is able to average 1,088 receiving yards per season then he will pass Antonio Gates for the most receiving yards for any player in franchise history.
He is not just good in historical franchise context as he is also one of the best receivers in the league, despite how much he gets overlooked. DeAndre Hopkins and Michael Thomas are the only two other receivers to have at least 90 receptions and 1,000 receiving yards in each of the last three seasons.
Allen is the second-best player on the Chargers roster, the face of the team’s offense and will continue to be that for the next five seasons.