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Baalke: 'Josh Allen will be a Jaguar next year'

Josh Allen Jacksonville Jaguars Josh Allen - The Canadian Press

Jacksonville Jaguars general manager Trent Baalke is so confident that impending free-agent Josh Allen will return to the team next season, he's guaranteed it.

Baalke promised on Thursday that the 26-year-old EDGE rusher would be a Jaguar in 2024.

"Josh Allen is going to be a Jaguar next year," Baalke said.

Named to the Pro Bowl this season for a second time, Allen appeared in all 17 games for the Jags this past season. He recorded 66 tackles, 17.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception.

Originally taken with the seventh overall pick of the 2019 NFL Draft out of Kentucky, Allen has recorded 45.0 sacks in his five seasons with the team.

Baalke said that negotiations between his team and Allen have yet to begin.

As the NFL Network's Cameron Wolfe notes, the Jaguars do have the option to franchise tag Allen.

Wide receiver Calvin Ridley, defensive end Dawuane Smoot and cornerback Tre Herndon are among the team's other impending free agents.