Keenan Allen's career has not taken off as expected following a breakout rookie season in 2013, but that won't stop the San Diego Chargers from engaging in contract talks with their star wide receiver.
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Chargers Being Patient with Allen
Friday, Mar. 4
Speaking at the NFL Scouting Combine, Chargers general manager Tom Telesco said the team will focus on free agency and the draft before discussing a long-term deal with Allen, per Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune.
Gehlken noted this is a similar approach the Chargers took with defensive end Corey Liuget, who signed a five-year extension in June.
The 23-year-old Allen is entering the final season of his rookie contract and will make just under $1.7 million, per Spotrac. He was a third-round pick in 2013 and has outperformed his initial deal, recording 215 receptions for 2,554 yards and 16 touchdowns in three seasons.
Allen was on pace to set career highs in receptions and receiving yards in 2015, recording 67 catches and 725 yards in eight games, but his season ended prematurely after he suffered a lacerated kidney while making a leaping touchdown catch in Week 8 against the Baltimore Ravens.
Despite missing half the season, Allen still finished second on the team in receptions and receiving yards and tied for third with four touchdown catches.
The Chargers are in a state of transition, with Antonio Gates' future uncertain and Philip Rivers reaching his mid-30s, so locking up a stud wide receiver before he hits free agency would seem to be a priority for the team.