Jonathan Allen has penned a four-year, $72 million extension with the Washington Football Team. Allen has gradually improved since Washington selected him 17th overall in the 2017 draft. The 2016 SEC Defensive Player of the Year celebrated his new deal on Twitter Monday.
The disruptive Allen has 17 sacks and 21 tackles for loss in four NFL seasons. He missed most of his rookie year due to a Lisfranc injury, but Allen has only missed one game since 2018. The big extension signifies Washington’s belief that Allen, 26, has yet to reach his ceiling. He was also WFT’s Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee in 2020.
If Allen fulfills the potential he flashed at Alabama, today’s extension will be a bargain for Washington. The defensive tackle earned three first team all-SEC appearances, logging 28 sacks in 50 college games.
Washington for life!!
— Jonathan Allen (@jonallen93_) July 26, 2021
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Allen’s new deal includes a $30 million signing bonus and lasts through 2025.
The Washington Football Team and star DL Jonathan Allen are closing in on a massive long-term extension to keep him with WFT for the foreseeable future. They are finalizing the deal.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 26, 2021
Allen has especially thrived since the arrival of Defensive Rookie of the Year Chase Young. Both defensive linemen played significant roles for one of 2020’s best defenses. Despite its offensive limitations, WFT secured last season’s NFC East title.
Washington kicks off training camp this week. Allen’s team starts 2021 at the Chargers on September 12th.