Eagles sign American Olympian and wide receiver Devon Allen - The Sporting Base

Eagles sign American Olympian and wide receiver Devon Allen

April 14, 2022

Eagles sign American Olympian and wide receiver Devon Allen

The Philadelphia Eagles attempted to improve their wide receiver group by thinking outside the box this past week. According to realgm.com on Monday, the Eagles signed American Olympic hurdler Devon Allen of Phoenix, Arizona to a three-year contract.

Allen had two top-five finishes in the men’s 110 metre hurdles at the last two Olympic Games. He finished in fourth place with a time of 13.14 seconds at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2021, and in fifth place with a time of 13.31 seconds at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

In the 2021 Diamond League Series, Allen was the Diamond League champion. He won the Diamond League final in Zurich, Switzerland with a season best time of 13.06 seconds. Allen also won a Diamond League race in Lausanne, Switzerland this past year with a time of 13.07 seconds.

Allen also had athletics success at the American collegiate level. He was the National Collegiate Athletics Association champion in the 110 metre hurdles in 2014 while representing the University of Oregon. While with the Ducks in athletics, he was their wide receiver in their football program. In 23 games from 2014 to 2016, Allen had 54 catches for 919 yards and eight touchdowns, along with four rushes for 34 yards.

The signing of Allen by the Eagles is even more interesting because Allen is 27 years of age, and has not played high-level football in six years. He will now be looking to build chemistry with quarterback Jalen Hurts. Allen joins a wide receiver group that includes former Heisman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith, Quez Watkins and Zach Pascal.

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