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Jack Allen Contract Breakdown with Saints

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We break down Jack Allen's first NFL contract and his chances of making the Saints' 53-man roster.

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The 2016 NFL Draft came and went without one of Michigan State's top pro prospects not hearing his named called.

After a standout career with the Spartans, Jack Allen was not drafted this year after some had him projected as high as a Round 2 prospect. The back-to-back first-team All-American was the Michigan State's third offensive lineman to earn the honors twice and the 15th player overall in school history. He was also a two-time First-Team All-Big Ten honors and two-time Rimington Trophy Finalist.

Despite all of his accolades, Allen did not hear his name called during the draft, but was quickly signed after it ended by the New Orleans Saints. He signed a three-year, $1,620,000 contract that includes an average annual salary of $540,000.

In 2016, Allen will earn a base salary of $450,000 and has a cap hit of $450,000 if he does make the final 53-man roster. Here's a look at how the entire deal looks if Allen plays all four years with the Saints, courtesy of Over the Cap.

Year

Base Salary(Guaranteed)

Bonuses

Cap
Number

Prorated

Roster

Workout

Other

2016

$450,000

$0

$0

$0

$0

$450,000

2017

$540,000

$0

$0

$0

$0

$540,000

2018

$630,000

$0

$0

$0

$0

$630,000

As for Allen's chances of making the Saints' 53-man roster, those odds are pretty good since this team doesn't exactly have much depth along their offensive line. However, New Orleans does have one of the NFL's better centers in Max Unger, but he'll hit free agency in 2017.

In the meantime, Allen should be able to beat out Senio Kelemete for the backup spot behind Unger, and depending on what happens in free agency next year, Allen could soon become the starting center of the Saints.

It really helps that Allen has so much experience under his belt as a starter in a Power 5 conference. He started on the Spartans offensive line for four years in East Lansing and had the second-most starts by an offensive lineman in Spartan school history with 42 starts at center and five at left guard, so it's possible he makes the team as a backup guard and center.

Of all the Spartans who signed as UDFAs, I give Allen the best shot of making a 53-man roster in 2016.