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Center Brian Allen returns to the Los Angeles Rams on a three-year deal, the team announced Monday.
The deal is worth $ 24 million, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Allen, 26, started 16 games for the Super Bowl champion Rams last regular season and all four postseason games.
Among the centers, he ranked No. 14 in ESPN’s run block win rate metric (67.3%) and No. 24 in pass block win rate (91.2%) in 2021.
He did not play in 2020 because he was not ready to return to the game after sustaining a knee injury in 2019 that ended his season after nine games.
The Rams selected him in the fourth round of the 2018 draft and he has played 38 games with 25 starts for the franchise in four seasons.
The Rams also avoided a major loophole in the left tackle by agreeing to terms with longtime backup Joe Noteboom on a three-year deal before entering the free agent market.
His deal is worth up to $ 47.5 million and includes $ 25 million in guaranteed money, a source told ESPN’s Lindsey Thiry.
Noteboom, which was a fill-in starter last season, is expected to take on a starting role in 2022.
Los Angeles also agreed to a deal with versatile backup offensive lineman Coleman Shelton, who started fighting at center and left guard last season. Shelton was given a two-year deal.
Shelton is a possible replacement if starting right guard Austin Corbett leaves. The native of the Los Angeles area has become a reliable player on the inner line since being cut by two teams and then joining the Rams in the 2019 season.
ESPN’s Kevin Seifert and The Associated Press contributed to this report.