Jonathan Allen, WFT Agree to 4-Year $72M Contract Extension With $30M Signing Bonus

Rob Goldberg@@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist IVJuly 26, 2021

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 03: Jonathan Allen #93 of the Washington Football Team looks on prior to the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on January 3, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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The Washington Football Team and defensive tackle Jonathan Allen have agreed to a four-year extension worth $72 million, the player's agent announced Monday:

Team IFA @TeamIFA

Signed, sealed and delivered. Congratulations to <a href="https://twitter.com/jonallen93_?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@jonallen93_</a> &amp; <a href="https://twitter.com/blakebaratz?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@blakebaratz</a> on the contract extension! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TeamIFA?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#TeamIFA</a> <a href="https://t.co/oLNP33ai6j">pic.twitter.com/oLNP33ai6j</a>

Allen also showed his excitement about the new deal:

Jonathan Allen @jonallen93_

Washington for life!!

The average of $18 million per year will rank fourth among defensive tackles in the NFL, per Spotrac. The $30 million guaranteed at signing ranks sixth at the position.

Allen was a first-round pick in the 2017 draft and has started every game he has played during his four years in the league. He has missed only one game in the last three years and totaled 16 sacks in that stretch.

Allen had only two sacks last season, but he ranked fourth on the team with 63 tackles and remained a key part of one of the best defenses in the NFL. Washington ranked fourth in the league in points allowed and second in yards allowed en route to an NFC East title.

On an individual level, Allen excelled with a 17.0 percent pass-rush win rate to rank among the top 10 of interior linemen, per Pro Football Focus.

The 26-year-old will now stay with Washington as part of a terrifying defensive line that features fellow first-round picks Chase Young, Montez Sweat and Daron Payne. All are under the age of 27 and all are signed through at least 2022.

With Washington also using its 2021 first-round pick on Kentucky linebacker Jamin Davis, the team could have an elite front seven for a long time.