4 bold predictions for Chargers' first offseason under Jim Harbaugh

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4. Keenan Allen signs an extension with the Chargers

Keenan Allen is the greatest receiver in Chargers franchise history, period. Allen proved that in 2023 and also proved that he can still play at an elite level and has a great relationship with Justin Herbert. All Harbaugh has done since being hired is rave about Allen, which is telling of what he thinks about the veteran receiver.

There was speculation that the Chargers could move on from Allen this offseason but that has been nixed by Allen himself. Allen assured Chargers fans that he was not going anywhere and there is no reason not to believe him. He will be back in 2024.

But it should not stop there. Even though he is on the wrong side of 30 and does have some recent injuries that are worrisome, the Chargers should look to lock down Allen for two more seasons. There are two benefits to doing this.

First of all, it could actually save the Chargers salary-cap space by converting some of his base salary into bonuses over the length of the deal. That would lower Allen's cap hit this season while keeping him at a reasonable price in future years.

More importantly, it gives the Chargers more of a cushion to transition the WR room into a new era. Williams will be gone, Joshua Palmer is entering the last year of his rookie deal, and Quentin Johnston could be a bust.

There is a world where Allen is not extended and the only wide receivers on the roster in 2025 are Johnston, Derius Davis, and any drafted rookies. That is not a great place to be, and having Allen through the 2026 season would bridge that cap.

Will he regress in his last year and not be a true WR1? Sure. But that is the price you pay to keep the best receiver in franchise history around to help his star quarterback.

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