The Carolina Panthers have signed quarterback Kyle Allen to a one-year contract extension. Allen was previously set to become an exclusive rights free agent.
Allen was famously thrust into the spotlight last season as a second year NFL veteran following the lingering foot injury to starting quarterback Cam Newton. Allen ultimately started 12 games while completing 63% of his passes for 3322 yards, 17 touchdowns, and 16 interceptions. He also ran for 32 yards while taking 46 sacks and committing 13 fumbles.
He is likely seen by the club as a relatively stable and known quantity at the number two quarterback spot. Allen proved to be a safe and careful passer when he wasn’t asked to throw deep. His unforced errors generally came from a dearth of pocket awareness—a quality that new head coach Matt Rhule may believe is coachable.
This extension is obviously not a long term deal and is therefore not expected to affect the team’s plans with regards to either Cam Newton or the 2020 NFL Draft.