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Chargers, WR Keenan Allen reach four-year extension

The team locks up its No. 1 wide receiver.

The Chargers have come to terms on a four-year extension with wide receiver Keenan Allen, as first reported by Michael Gehlken of The San Diego Union-Tribune:

"The Chargers wide receiver agreed in principle Friday to a four-year extension worth more than $11 million per season, a source said. The deal ensures that both he and quarterback Philip Rivers will be under team control through at least the 2019 season. Allen's contract runs through 2020." -- The San Diego Union-Tribune

The deal is a big one for San Diego, who lost receiver Malcom Floyd to retirement in the offseason and is dependent on Allen for consistent production. The third-round draft pick out of Berkeley hauled in 71 catches for 1,046 yards and eight touchdowns in his first season in the NFL (setting rookie franchise receiving records) and, after a sophomore season where he caught 77 receptions for 783 yards, entered his third year with a newfound maturity and focus. Before lacerating his kidney in Week Eight, Allen notched 67 receptions, 725 yards and four touchdowns, and was on pace to shatter single-season league records.

This year -- and for the next five -- Allen will have a chance to show why he's one of the league's best receivers ... and he will be able to do so with the team that drafted him in 2013.

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