Jacksonville, Fla. ( Associated Press) — The Jacksonville Jaguars exercised a fifth-year option on Thursday in the rookie contract of pass rusher Josh Allen.
The move puts Allen under contract for two more seasons and fully guarantees his 2023 salary at $11.5 million. The former Kentucky standout and seventh overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft has 20 1/2 sacks in three years, including 10 1/2 as a rookie in 2019. He made the Pro Bowl that season as a substitute and looked like a budding star. ,
But he hasn’t been the same since, missing eight games due to injuries in 2020 and recording just two sacks in the last eight games of last season. He managed a career-high 50 quarterback pressures in 2021.
He was at his best last November against NFL’s more prominent Josh Allen, Buffalo’s star quarterback. Jacksonville’s edition ended with eight tackles, including a sack, and the first interception of his career. He also recovered a fumble in the fourth quarter.
Jaguars are expected to give Allen some big help with the top pick in the draft at the end of Thursday. After general manager Trent Balke and new coach Doug Pedersen narrowed their choices for the No. 1 selection to four men, Georgia had betting favorite Rusher Travan Walker, who had been named first.
Michigan defensive end Aidan Hutchinson, North Carolina State left tackle Ikem “Icky” Ekwonu and Alabama left tackle Evan Neil were the others in the Jacksonville final group.
The Jags eliminated the No. 1 offensive tackle requirement when they agreed terms with veteran Cam Robinson Wednesday signed a three-year deal worth $54 million.
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