The Denver Broncos have been busy on the beginning of the legal tampering period and they added an elite piece to their defense.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Denver has reached an agreement with former Arizona Cardinals’ defensive end Zach Allen.
The deal is worth $45.7 million over three years with $32.5 million of it guaranteed. Per Jeff Howe of The Athletic, Allen’s guaranteed money will be guaranteed over the first two years of his deal.
Allen’s Time In Arizona
Allen is a former third-round pick by Arizona from the 2019 NFL Draft. Spending his first four seasons with the Cardinals, Allen has spent his entire NFL career playing and excelling under current Broncos defensive coordinator Vance Joseph.
Last season, Allen had the best season of his career by sacking the quarterback a career high 5.5 times, hitting the quarterback 20 times, and had a career best 10 tackles for loss. Allen also knocked down eight passes which is twice as many as he had the previous year.
When it came to stopping the run, Allen ranked as the second-best behind on future hall of famer Aaron Donald of the Los Angeles Rams.
Zach Allen tackled opposing ball carriers for a loss or no gain on 5.5% of his run defense snaps last season, trailing only Aaron Donald (5.8%) among defensive tackles (min. 200 run defense snaps).#BroncosCountry https://t.co/K37aIOUeNi pic.twitter.com/sNR4hWir3V
— Next Gen Stats (@NextGenStats) March 14, 2023
Last season the Broncos defense ranked as the 10th best rushing team in the NFL by only giving up an average of 109.8.
Allen has yet to play an entire full season, but has played in 13, 15, and 13 games in each of the last three seasons. He only played in four as a rookie.
J.J. Watt Had a Big Impact on Allen
Over the last two seasons, Allen was able to learn from newly retired J.J. Watt and nobody was more excited than the future hall of famer.
Love this for my guy!!
Works his ass off, studies his ass off, cares immensely.
Can’t wait to see what this next chapter holds.
— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) March 14, 2023
“He set the example of how to conduct yourself as a pro both on and off the field. When you …read more