Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen might not be getting as much attention now that Philip Rivers isn’t under center, but he is still one of the best wide receivers in all of football.
Allen still has four years left on his contract and with the big cap hit upcoming, the Chargers could be looking to make a move.
Even without the attention, Allen is still having a big year. He has caught 65 passes for 690 yards and five touchdowns through nine games.
There is still plenty of money owed to Allen, but there is an out after the 2022 season that could make trading for him even more desirable. There are plenty of teams that need a star wide receiver, a role that Allen still fills.
Let’s take a look at teams that should look at trading for Allen this offseason.
New England Patriots
The New England Patriots still might need to figure out their quarterback situation, but after that they need to give that quarterback a star wide receiver. Julian Edelman still has one year left on his contract, but the Patriots do have an out after this season with him.
Jakobi Meyers and N’Keal Harry are both good players, but neither of those guys look to be true number one receivers. The Patriots might not want to put this type of cap space into a wide receiver, but if they are willing, giving up some draft capital makes a whole lot of sense.
Even if the Patriots draft a young quarterback, Keenan Allen would be a perfect wide receiver to help them adjust to the NFL.
Allen also seems like a perfect player to play in Bill Belichick’s system, as he is a team first player who seems to really want to win.
The Baltimore Ravens could use a star wide receiver like Allen to help improve the offense. The Ravens’ offense hasn’t looked as good this season, a big reason being because Lamar Jackson hasn’t looked as good and his passing hasn’t been as accurate.
Allen is a mid-route receiver who would be a perfect weapon for this offense.
Allen’s contract might not make sense to keep him through the end of his 2024 contract, but they could release him after the 2022 season with an $8.1 million dead cap space. If Allen is the difference in the Ravens winning a Super Bowl, that $8.1 million will be gladly paid.
The Ravens should only make this trade if they think they have the team in 2021 to win the Super Bowl or it would be something they might regret.
Washington Football Team
The Washington Football Team look like they will be drafting a quarterback early in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft.
Two things are important to a young quarterback as they adjust to the NFL, a good offensive line and playmakers outside. Terry McLaurin is a stud receiver, but he isn’t enough for a new young quarterback. Washington is a team that could keep him through his entire contract, especially if he continues to play at a high level.
If the Redskins could trade a mid=round pick in 2021 and a higher draft pick in 2022 or 2023 for Keenan Allen, that would make sense.
The Jacksonville Jaguars are a team that still needs to figure out what they are doing at quarterback this offseason, so wide receivers might not be a top priority.
The good news for the Jaguars is they are projected to have almost $80 million for the 2021 season, according to Spotrac.com.
Even if the Jaguars don’t get their long-term quarterback this offseason, they need playmakers for whoever is under center.
This is probably a situation where the team wants to make sure Keenan Allen would be okay with a trade here, but if he is, he would instantly be one of the best if not the best player on the team.