Jeff Allen to Sign with Texans: Latest Contract Details, Comments, Reaction

Alec NathanFeatured ColumnistMarch 9, 2016

NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 06:  Jeff Allen #71 of the Kansas City Chiefs plays against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field on October 6, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
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Minutes after free-agent offensive guard Brandon Brooks bolted for the Philadelphia Eagles, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Houston Texans made a big splash by agreeing to a long-term deal with Jeff Allen, formerly of the Kansas City Chiefs.  

Fox Sports' Mike Garafolo broke the news and reported Allen has agreed to terms on a four-year, $28 million deal that will pay him $14 million in the first year. 

Allen's arrival comes on a busy day for the Texans, who completely changed the dynamic of their offense in a matter of hours thanks to three separate signings, according to the Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson: 

"Like many a contract-year guard before him, Allen turned on his best play with free agency approaching, earning a positive grade for the first time in his career on his way to the 10th-highest grade of all of guards in 2015," Pro Football Focus' Khaled Elsayed wrote. 

The 26-year-old is unique in that he can play tackle and guard, but he projects as a starter at the latter position with Brooks' former spot on the right side of the line now vacant. 

With Allen and new running back Lamar Miller in the fold, it would seem as though the Texans are primed to keep running the ball at one of the league's highest rates moving forward. 

Houston demonstrated a commitment to the run last season by ranking No. 5 overall with 472 total attempts, but head coach Bill O'Brien's offense finished 28th with a meager 3.7 yards per rush.

Miller, on the other hand, rattled off 4.5 yards per carry a year after posting a career-best mark of 5.1 yards per tote. 

Along with opening up inside seams for Miller, Allen will be tasked with fortifying the interior of Houston's offensive line in order to keep newly minted franchise quarterback Brock Osweiler clean. 

And while all this change may be jarring, it's hard to deny the Texans are headed in the right direction from a personnel perspective.

After their quarterback and running back positions assumed the form of revolving doors because of inconsistent play and injuries a year ago, Houston finally has a core group of players in place that can help the franchise defend its AFC South title for years to come.