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As San Diego Union-Tribune staffer Michael Gehlken notes, the deal ensures that both Allen and quarterback Philip Rivers will be under team control through at least the 2019 season. Allen's contract runs through 2020.
If he continues to perform, this big contract won't be his last.
Selected in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft out of Cal, Allen compiled 1,046 receiving yards and eight TDs. He posted 725 receiving yards and four touchdowns over eight games in a 2015 campaign limited by injury. As NFL.com reminded readers, prior to suffering lacerated kidney on Nov. 1, Allen had a stunning 67 receptions on the season, which tied him for third most in NFL history over an eight-game span behind Julio Jones and Marvin Harrison.
More importantly, the Chargers had the NFL's No. 1 offense in the eight games with Allen. In the eight without, they ranked 24th, their average yards per game falling from 423.3 to 320.4, a difference of 102.9.
Did I mention Allen's new deal was good news for fantasy owners?