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Jonathan Allen Agrees to New Deal

The Washington Football Team and pro-bowler Jonathan Allen agree to a 4-year, $72M extension with a $30M signing bonus, his agency Team IFA announced on Twitter. The composite value averages out to $18 million a year, fourth-highest positionally behind Aaron Donald, DeForest Buckner, and Chris Jones.

Allen was entering the final year of his rookie deal, but now he’s under contract through 2025. He would have been an unrestricted free agent after this season had he not agreed to a new contract.

A first-round pick (No. 17) in 2017, Allen has 17 sacks, 45 QB hits and 202 tackles (21 for loss) through four seasons with Washington. He has started all but one game over the last three seasons after playing in only five as a rookie.

Starting all 16 games last season, Allen recorded 63 tackles, 2.0 sacks, 14 quarterback hits and recovered a fumble. Despite finishing with just two sacks last season, it was arguably the best season of his career. According to Pro Football Focus, Allen was one of the top-10 interior pass rushers in the game. Allen finished eighth in pass-rush win rate with 17%. This was up significantly from a 10.2% win rate over the previous two years. Even beyond his play on the field, Allen has become a leader off of it. That, perhaps more than anything else, gave the Washington Football Team the confidence to invest in their star defensive tackle.

A big domino has fallen in the Washington Football Team’s favor as they take care of step one on their offseason checklist. Allen turned 26 earlier this year, and with fellow youngsters Chase Young, Daron Payne, and Montez Sweat all still on their rookie deals, Washington’s defensive front has a very bright future.

Training camp has started for some NFL teams. Washington's training camp is set to open tomorrow, July 27th.

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