The Washington Football Team has historically made unnecessary news in July, but on Monday, the franchise did something that was both notable and positive.
In what feels like a last-second conversion just ahead of training camp beginning, the Burgundy and Gold agreed to a contract extension with Jonathan Allen, news that was broken by Allen's agency.
The deal tacks another four years onto Allen's current pact (which would've expired after the 2021 campaign) for a total of $72 million ($30 million of which is guaranteed).
The 26-year-old had been adamant in recent months that he wanted to permanently stick around with the organization, so it's no surprise to see that he's more than pleased by the development:
One of his fellow D-linemen is very much on board with the signing, too:
In all, Allen will earn a little more than $10 million this season, and then the new contract will kick in from there. The $18 million average annual value of the extension slots him in as the fifth-highest paid interior lineman in the league.
Since being limited as a rookie in 2017 due to injuries, Allen has suited up for 16, 15 and 16 contests in Washington. He only posted two sacks in 2020 after registering six and eight in his previous two go-rounds, but analytics will tell you that he was still a menace throughout Ron Rivera's debut as coach. Plus, his no-nonsense attitude meshes perfectly with what Rivera's trying to establish all throughout the club.
With the negotiations now done, Allen can focus on causing problems alongside Daron Payne, Chase Young, Montez Sweat, Matt Ioannidis and Tim Settle. Their journey to emerge as the sport's most dominant group commences this week, as Washington opens up camp in Richmond, Va.