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Chargers Expected To Open Extension Talks With WR Keenan Allen After The Draft

According to Michael Gehlken of the Union-Tribune, the Chargers are expected to open extension talks with WR Keenan Allen after this year’s draft.

Chargers GM Tom Telesco mentioned at the Combine last week that their focus remains on addressing their free agents and other players available in this year’s market, but they’ll eventually get around to new contracts for some of their players.

We’re going to concentrate right now on our impending free agents and potential outside free agents,” GTelesco said. “Then the draft, and we’ll go from there.

A source tells Gehlken that Allen is unlikely to skip voluntary workouts for a long-term contract this spring.

There’s no question that Allen has earned a long-term deal. He’s clearly the future of the Chargers’ offense now that Antonio Gates is coming to the end of his NFL career and Malcolm Floyd is expected to retire.

Allen, 23, is entering the final year of his four-year, $2.81 million rookie contract that included a $613,800 signing bonus. He’ll make a base salary of $675,000 for the 2016 season.

In 2015, Allen was limited to appearing in eight games due to a lacerated kidney he suffered midseason. He finished the year catching 67 passes for 725 yards receiving and four touchdowns.

We’ll have more regarding a new contract for Allen as the news is available.

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