Now that the Los Angeles Chargers have their face of the franchise, the top priority will be signing Justin Herbert to a long-term contract, likely this offseason.
Yet general manager Tom Telesco knows doing so won’t come without hurdles, as the Chargers enter the offseason already $19 million over the 2023 salary cap, meaning players like Keenan Allen could be on the chopping block.
Daniel Popper of The Athletic recently listed the Chargers’ five-time Pro Bowl receiver as a “likely cap casualty” heading into the offseason. Cutting Allen, who’s set to be 31 next season, from the roster would save $14.8 million from their 2023 cap number.
It’s important to note that even if Allen is cut, he could simply be re-signed by the Chargers at a different salary rate, yet it’s not unreasonable for the 10-year pro to move on either. Allen played in just ten games last season as he battled a hamstring strain, and finished with 752 yards and four touchdowns, far below his 1,000-yard average.
Yet, as mentioned, he didn’t make it through the full season, and when healthy, Allen still averaged 75 yards per game, which is the third-best mark in his career, showing the North Carolina native’s talent hasn’t diminished.
Should Allen find himself on the open market this offseason, he’s sure to have plenty of suitors. Players with over 9,000 receiving yards and 50 touchdowns in their career don’t become available often. If Allen hits free agency or hits the trade block, these three teams should come calling for the former Cal star.
New York Giants provide Daniel Jones with experienced receiver
The New York Giants are a team in prime position to strengthen their group of pass-catchers in some way or another this offseason. While they could just as easily take to the draft to address such needs, they could also feel the urgency of instantly improving a roster that was already strong enough to advance to the Divisional Round of the playoffs.