The Broncos won't tender Allen, making him an unrestricted free agent, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports. The team hopes they can still come to an agreement on a deal this offseason, but other teams can enter the mix for Allen's services. Allen was set for spot-start duties with both Joe Flacco and Drew Lock injured in 2019, but with the latter returning to establish himself as the starter, Allen was relegated again to backup duties. Allen completed 39 of 84 passes for 515 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions last season. The 27-year-old likely will have to battle for a job wherever he lands this offseason.
Allen completed 39 of 84 passes for 515 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions during the 2019 season. He ran for 39 yards on 10 carries. Allen went from surprise stud to questionable backup very, very quickly during the middle of the season. After posting an impressive 125.6 rating in a win over the Browns, that rating was cut in half to 61.9 in the following game against the Vikings and then was cut almost in half again to 32.4 in a loss to the Bills. Allen deserves at least some benefit of the doubt as the three games were his first regular-season playing experience, but he's been in the league since 2016. Assuming that Denver improves its offensive weaponry in the offseason, Allen could be a solid, inexpensive backup and potential spot-starter behind Drew Lock for the 2020 season, but it'd be a surprise if -- at the very least -- the Broncos don't give 2019 rookie Brett Rypien a shot at unseating him.
Allen completed 18 of 25 passes for 82 yards and an interception during Sunday's 20-3 loss in Buffalo. He added eight yards on two carries. Those stats are not a typo as Allen completed just three of his 14 attempts in the second half for a total of seven yards. Facing a stingy Buffalo defense and unable to cut through the wind with his middling arm, Allen did not complete a pass on Denver's final five drives of the game. Still, the game was within reach for much of the game and a Broncos interception set Allen up in Buffalo territory late in the second quarter. He promptly had a miscommunication with Courtland Sutton and sailed an interception. Allen's solid, winning effort against the Browns feels like a season ago and the clock figures to start on potentially playing rookie Drew Lock sooner than later.
Coach Vic Fangio confirmed Monday that Allen would remain the Broncos' starting quarterback for the team's Week 11 game against the Vikings, Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reports. While making his NFL debut in place of the injured Joe Flacco (neck) in Week 9, Allen proved to be a capable game manager, completing 12 of 20 attempts for 193 yards and two touchdowns en route to guiding the Broncos to a 24-19 win over the Browns. The serviceable outing was enough for Allen to keep the starting job out of the bye week, but he'll need to continue to perform well in his subsequent appearances to hold off rookie second-round pick Drew Lock (thumb). Lock, who has been on injured reserve all season, is slated to practice Tuesday and could be reinstated to the 53-man roster as soon as this weekend to serve as Allen's backup.
Allen completed 12 of 20 passes for 193 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 24-19 win over the Browns. Making his first NFL start, Allen showed a decent amount of poise and mostly let his skill players do all the hard work, as his two TDs came on impressive individual efforts by Courtland Sutton and Noah Fant. Allen didn't turn the ball over or make any glaring mistakes, however, which was all the Broncos needed to secure the win. He'll get a bye week to prepare before facing a much tougher test on the road against the Vikings in Week 11, although it's not yet clear when Drew Lock (thumb) might be ready to compete for the starting QB job.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/27||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||23||22.13|
|4||10/02||@New York Jets||17||19.13|
|5||10/11||@New England Patriots||1||11.06|
|7||10/25||Kansas City Chiefs||14||17.89|
|10||11/15||@Las Vegas Raiders||0.00|
|11||11/22||Los Angeles Chargers||8||15.63|
|12||11/29||New Orleans Saints||20||20.18|
|13||12/07||@Kansas City Chiefs||14||17.89|
|16||12/27||@Los Angeles Chargers||8||15.63|
|17||01/03||Las Vegas Raiders||0.00|
|3 Year Avg||46.4||172||1||1||13||0||11|