Keenan Allen Doesn’t Hold Back On Future With Chargers

Keenan Allen, Los Angeles Chargers
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The Los Angeles Chargers are well over the salary cap heading into the offseason, so high-paid players like wide receiver Keenan Allen may end up being candidates to get cut.

Allen has one year left on his deal and is slated to earn $18.1 million in base salary next season. He also carries a $34 million cap hit.

In spite of that, Allen does not envision himself playing for anyone other than the Chargers in 2024.

“Yeah. Absolutely,” Allen told Cam Wolfe of NFL Network when asked if he thinks he will be in Los Angeles next season (via Grant Gordon of NFL media). “I don’t see myself going anywhere.”

Of course, just because Allen wants to remain in LA does not necessarily mean the Bolts won’t move him.

The Chargers are going to be faced with some tough decisions in the coming months, as they are about $44 million over the cap and need to clear some money in order to seriously improve their roster.

Allen, who played his collegiate football at the University of California, was selected by Los Angeles in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft.

The 31-year-old enjoyed a terrific rookie campaign, catching 71 passes for 1,046 yards and eight touchdowns. Injuries then hampered him the next three seasons, but in 2017, Allen broke out, hauling in 102 receptions for 1,393 yards and six scores en route to a Pro Bowl appearance.

That marked the first of five straight trips to the Pro Bowl for Allen, who then proceeded to earn his sixth Pro Bowl selection overall this season after snaring 108 balls for 1,243 yards and seven touchdowns.

We’ll see if the Chargers are able to find a way to keep Keenan Allen heading into 2024. If not, another team would be more than happy to bring him aboard.

Los Angeles went 5-12 this past season.

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