The Los Angeles Chargers could be moving on from Keenan Allen this offseason, giving the Indianapolis Colts a chance to add the receiver.
With one game remaining in the 2022 NFL season, the 2023 offseason is almost here. However, 30 teams have really already started their offseason and have begun mapping out some of the tough decisions that will be made before the start of next season. According to a recent report, one of those tough decisions could involve the Los Angeles Chargers moving on from Keenan Allen, one of the best receivers in football.
In a recent piece, Daniel Popper of The Athletic mapped out what the Chargers’ offseason could look like. Highlighting their cap space struggles, Popper named Allen, along with tight end Gerald Everett as “most likely” cuts that would help the team out financially. With two seasons remaining on his deal, Allen is due a little over $42 million for the next two years. However, releasing him would help Los Angeles a lot.
If Keenan Allen does actually become available, there will be a ton of teams interested in his services. The Indianapolis Colts should definitely be one of those teams.
Colts should go after Keenan Allen if he becomes available
Recently, Chargers general manager, Tom Telesco spoke about Allen’s cap hit, saying, “I mean, good players make money and I’d rather have a lot of good players on our roster than a lot of cap space.” That’s a very fair point by Telesco, however, the Chargers do actually have a lot of good players on their roster, and as a result, they are $23.4 million over the cap. Does that mean Allen will be moved? Everyone will have to wait and see.
Hopefully, the Colts will be closely monitoring the situation. Whether Allen is cut or if Los Angeles tries trading him, Indy should be one of the top teams showing interest. Allen is a five-time Pro Bowl receiver and has been dominating since he came into the league in 2013. He’ll turn 31 years old this offseason and he’s still at the top of his game. Playing in just 10 games this past season, Allen caught 66 passes for 752 yards and four touchdowns.
The Colts saw firsthand the kind of impact he has on a game when he caught 11 passes for 104 yards in Week 16 against Indy. Why wouldn’t Indianapolis want a talent like Allen on its side? Adding him to a receiver group with Michael Pittman Jr., Alec Pierce, and possibly Parris Campbell, would give whatever rookie QB Indy is going to draft a great set of weapons to throw to.