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NFL World Reacts to Bears’ Huge Trade for Keenan Allen

The Chicago Bears made a huge splash on Thursday night, making a trade with the Los Angeles Chargers for veteran wide receiver Keenan Allen. The Bears take on Allen’s $23 million cap hit for the 2024 season, sending Los Angeles back a fourth-round pick in exchange.

The move caught many people by surprise, as Allen has spent his entire 10-year career up to this point with the Chargers. The wide receiver has six Pro Bowl seasons under his belt, and is coming off a 2023 where he had 1,243 receiving yards and seven touchdowns in 13 games.

Allen gives Chicago a veteran receiver to pair with DJ Moore ahead of their likely selection quarterback Caleb Williams with the first pick of the 2024 NFL draft. On the flip side, the Chargers are now without both of their top receivers, having also released Mike Williams, as new coach Jim Harbaugh tries to rebuild the team.

Therefore, fans on social media had plenty to say about the trade.

Allen ends his Chargers career as the best wide receiver in franchise history and one of only two players to hit over 10,000 receiving yards with the team, joining legendary tight end Antonio Gates.

The trade is a sign that the Bears intend to take the next step towards winning, while the Chargers had to make some tough choices to clean up their cap space. In the end, Chicago acquiring Allen represents one of the biggest moves of the offseason thus far.