On the Monday after the NFL Draft, the Washington Redskins made a decision on one of its former first-round picks. The Redskins opted to pick up the fifth-year team option for Jonathan Allen. The first round draft pick in 2017 will now see a considerable raise in the 2021 season.

Allen's original contract was a four-year deal worth $11.6 million, the fifth-year team option in 2021 is worth $9 million. The Redskins have been pleased with Allen's production and leadership and made the decision on the option well before the May 3 deadline.

Allen has accumulated 139 tackles with 15 sacks and 31 quarterback hits in his 36 games in the NFL. He has only missed one game in the previous two seasons for the Redskins after only playing in five his rookie year. He has the sixth-most sacks sacks in the league by a defensive tackle since 2018.

Allen is the unquestioned leader on a Redskins defensive line full of first round draft picks. The Redskins drafted Allen in 2017, Daron Payne in 2018, Montez Sweat in 2019 and Chase Young in 2020.

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