Has the new Washington Commanders regime done enough to alter veteran defensive tackle Jonathan Allen's stance regarding his future?
These are exciting times for the Washington Commanders. Dan Snyder's toxic cloud is no longer harming the franchise. There is a newfound ambition under Josh Harris' ownership group. The moves made so far this offseason come with legitimate hope for the future.
There's been a clear conviction and an ability to adapt throughout the opening stages of their offseason planning that shouldn't go unnoticed. This is a far cry from the reactionary, rash decisions made by Snyder as the Commanders descended into football purgatory.
Coveted general manager Adam Peters is the front-office leader with a blossoming reputation. Dan Quinn wasn't everyone's first choice for head coach, but he's the bonafide leader of men those in power were seeking when the hiring process began. It might take time for the Commanders to enter genuine Super Bowl contention. Then again, their vast resources could indicate quicker progress than currently anticipated.
Jonathan Allen holds high hopes for Commanders' future
Another big talking point centers on Jonathan Allen. The defensive tackle seemed willing to take his chances elsewhere after another lackluster campaign. He doesn't have many prime years left. The thought of spending them on a perennial underachiever didn't exactly fill him with joy.
Many wondered if this was a chance for Allen and the Commanders to go their separate ways. After the team hired Peters and Quinn to spearhead the franchise's grand plans for sustained growth, chances of a move away from the franchise that drafted him No. 17 overall in the 2017 NFL Draft could be diminishing.
First, Quinn signaled out Allen and his defensive tackle partner Daron Payne as foundational pieces to build around in the trenches. The former Alabama star also seemed excited by the recent additions. Something he believes can help fulfill his dream of winning a Super Bowl in Washington based on comments via USA Today Sports.
"I’m excited, man. (GM) Mr. (Adam) Peters and Coach (Dan) Quinn, I think we’ve done a lot of great things; we’ve brought in a lot of winners, guys who’ve been to Super Bowls, guys who have been a part of winning Super Bowl organizations. I am excited. It matters a lot; my goal has always been to win a Super Bowl. But, I want to win it here. Obviously, winning a Super Bowl someplace else would be great, but it wouldn’t be the same as winning it here. I went to high school in this area; I grew up a Washington fan, so, obviously, I want to win here."- Jonathan Allen via USA Today Sports
Talk is cheap. Allen has been burned by false promises and delusions of grandeur before. He wants to see results. Perhaps not contending for major honors right away, but legitimate growth on and off the field is arguably the minimum requirement for those in positions of power.
Getting the quarterback spot solved will go a long way to achieving Washington's objectives. Almost every position group needs an overhaul of sorts, but this is the biggest pressing priority above all else. If everything goes well, the Commanders should become a competitive operation quickly.
Allen is willing to give it a shot. He's got two years left on his current deal with no guaranteed money attached. However, if things don't start on the front foot and it becomes blatantly obvious this extensive rebuild is going to take longer than planned, then the interior force could go through with his desire to leave for greener pastures.
Hopefully, it won't come to that. Hopefully, the Commanders can make the additions needed this offseason and take off. It seems as if Allen's future is counting on it.