There has been speculation that the Los Angeles Chargers will move on from veteran wide receiver Keenan Allen this offseason.
That speculation seems to be over.
On Wednesday’s “Good Morning Football,” Chargers general manager Tom Telesco expressed that Allen is a mainstay in the Chargers operation and is staying in Los Angeles.
“Keenan Allen, to me, is our Andre Reed. He’s our Charlie Joiner,” Telesco said. “He’s an incredible football player. We have a great quarterback, and we need weapons around him. He’s never thought about that. [cutting him].”
As for comparing Telesco to the pair of Hall of Fame wide receivers, Reed spent all but one of his 16 NFL seasons with the Buffalo Bills, while Joiner spent the final 11 seasons of his career of 18 years in the NFL with the Chargers. Allen, a five-time Pro Bowler, has spent his entire career with the Chargers (2013-present).
The idea that Allen could be a max casualty stemmed from the fact that he was 30 years old and scheduled to make roughly $47 million over the next two seasons, as well as missing a lot of time due to injuries throughout of his career. Allen suffered back-to-back season-ending injuries in 2015 and 2016, and missed seven games with a hamstring injury in 2022.
In the 10 regular season games in which Allen appeared, he totaled 66 receptions for 752 yards and four touchdowns. He also had six receptions for 61 yards in the Chargers’ AFC wild-card round loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Injuries plagued the Chargers last season as quarterback Justin Herbert played through a rib injury, while Allen, wide receiver Joey Bosa, left tackle Rashawn Slater, cornerback JC Jackson and wide receiver Mike Williams they were among the starters who missed time due to injury.
When healthy, the Chargers could have a high-octane passing game, which excites Telesco.
“So he’s with us, and between him and Mike Williams and Josh Palmer, we think they’re three great receivers for our quarterback,” Telesco said. “We’ve got Austin Ekeler at running back. We’ve got an offensive line that can protect. So those are key weapons we need for our quarterback. We’re excited about Keenan.”
The Chargers went 10-7 last season, good for second in the AFC West.
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