The Chargers are facing a difficult decision with a franchise great. Keenan Allen could be a cap casualty this offseason; cutting him would save Los Angeles nearly $15 million, and it’s a genuine possibility, according to The Athletic.
The veteran again dealt with lingering soft tissue injuries this season, limiting him to only 10 games. When healthy, there aren’t many pass catchers that are as effective as Allen. The 30-year-old hauled in 66 passes for 752 yards and four scores in 2022 — more than respectable numbers in just 10 games. If he’s cut, he’ll have plenty of suitors.
Might the Falcons be interested in Keenan Allen?
The Falcons will certainly be in the market for receivers this offseason. Atlanta will have to add to the position whether the team finds them in the draft or free agency. Drake London is the only proven commodity of the group. The former no. 8 overall pick broke Kyle Pitts‘ rookie reception records, posting 866 yards and four touchdowns on 72 catches. He’s the future WR1.
After London, things are bleak. The Falcons featured one of the league’s worst passing attacks in 2022. A lot of it can be attributed to Marcus Mariota‘s poor play, though. Atlanta boasted one of the most efficient rushing attacks in football; it’s about time this offense had some balance to it.
Keenan Allen would be an excellent addition to this team. He’s been one of the most productive receivers in football over the last decade or so. Since entering the league in 2013, Allen has 796 catches, 9,287 receiving yards, and 54 touchdowns. Moreover, the veteran leadership he’d provide could be more valuable than anything he does on the field.
Desmond Ridder, Drake London, and Kyle Pitts are all extremely inexperienced players. Having someone like Keenan Allen showing them the ropes could be invaluable. At least one member of the Falcons wants to see him in Atlanta:
Cordarrelle Patterson has been doing his best trying to make Atlanta a free agent destination, and it’s commendable. He’s rapidly become a fan favorite, but I’m not sure how much influence he truly has with personnel decisions.
Still, this is all hypothetical. The Chargers may choose to keep Allen, but if the two sides part ways, expect the Falcons to at least spin the tires on a potential deal. Value is the name of the game, though. There are concerns with Allen.
Does he fit the offense and culture? Can he stay healthy over the life of his contract? What is his market value?
These are the questions Terry Fontenot and Arthur Smith will ask each other.
Would you be interested in the Falcons signing Keenan Allen if the Chargers cut him?
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