Keenan Allen is going to be catching passes from a quarterback other than Philip Rivers next season for the first time in his career, and the star receiver does not seem pleased about it.
Shortly after the Los Angeles Chargers announced on Monday that they have mutually agreed to part ways with Rivers, Allen took to Twitter to share his thoughts. The 27-year-old said “this hurts” and included a crying emoji.
— Keenan Allen (@Keenan13Allen) February 10, 2020
Allen was drafted by the Chargers in 2013, and Rivers has started every game for the team since. Allen battled injuries earlier in his career, but he has appeared in all 16 games in each of the past three seasons. During that span, he and Rivers established great chemistry and we were one of the most productive quarterback-wide receiver duos in football.
Allen’s 104 receptions this season were a career high. He has been targeted by Rivers an average of 148 times per season over the past three years, so you can understand why the receiver is upset to see his teammate go.
Of course, Allen’s frown will likely be turned upside down in a hurry if the Chargers make the massive free agent splash some believe they could make. But if he gets stuck catching passes from a rookie in 2020, there will likely be a big adjustment period for Allen.