The Arizona Cardinals lost one of their best defensive players as DE Zach Allen reportedly signed a 3-year, $45.75 million contract with the Denver Broncos, per NFL insider Adam Schefter.
Former Cardinals’ DE Zach Allen reached agreement on a three-year, $45.75 million deal that includes $32.5 million guaranteed at signing with the Broncos, per source. Allen is reunited with Denver DC Vance Joseph. pic.twitter.com/34nwEbx900
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 14, 2023
Allen was drafted by the Cardinals in the third round of the 2019 draft, and he has played in Arizona for every season of his young career.
While he did deal with a handful of injuries last season, Allen was the lone Cardinal free agent that was featured on ESPN’s Top 100 list this offseason.
This can be largely attributed to his breakout 2021 season, where he forced three fumbles, had 14 QB hits, 48 total tackles, and one interception.
Now, Allen will be reunited with his defensive coordinator, Vance Joseph, who departed from the Cardinals just a couple weeks ago.
The free agent frenzy has just begun, however, Arizona has disappointed many, as Allen was a major piece of Arizona’s defense, and his presence will surely be missed next season.
Denver, on the other hand, is setting up for a promising year as they are already coming off a season where their defense was top-5 in the NFL.
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