Allen signed his restricted free agent tender Monday, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
On the eve of Falcons mandatory minicamp, Allen agreed to the restricted tender that Atlanta extended to him in March. After resisting commitment to the offer for three months in hopes of receiving a long-term contract from the team, the 26-year-old safety ended the standoff. Although he will be playing under the tenuous nature of a one-year contract, Allen's payout more than quadrupled in value, as he will now be making $2.9 million compared to his previous salary of $615,000.
Allen has yet to sign his restricted free agent tender in hopes of working out a long-term contract with the team, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Atlanta placed a second-round tender worth $2.9 million on Allen back in March, but the free safety has thus far declined commitment to the deal, instead electing to sign an injury waiver form that permits him to participate in team activities while negotiations ware on. Allen has served as a starter in the defensive backfield over the past three seasons, but it will be intriguing to see whether or not this turns into a standoff between him and the organization. After the Falcons signed Matt Ryan to a gargantuan 5-year, $150 million deal in early May, general manager Thomas Dimitroff proclaimed on Atlanta's 92.9 "The Game" that the team's focus has shifted to re-signing Jake Matthews and Grady Jarrett first and foremost.
Allen signed an injury waiver Monday instead of agreeing to his $2.9 million restricted free agent tender, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports. The decision allows him to immediately participate in organized team workouts, rather than holding out in hopes of expediting the process for a long-term contract extension with Atlanta.
After compiling six interceptions and 158 tackles as a starting safety for the Falcons' defense during the past three seasons, Allen was set to become a restricted free agent over the offseason. Atlanta decided to place a second-round tender on the 26-year-old safety in mid-March, but to this point the two sides have yet to agree to terms on a contract extending beyond the 2018 season. Allen is a vital cog to the young Falcons' secondary, but settlement on his compensation moving forward may be postponed until the team finds a way to lock up quarterback Matt Ryan to a multi-year extension.
Atlanta placed a second-round tender worth $2.9 million on free safety Ricardo Allen, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
Allen has been a dependable member of the Falcons' secondary over the past three seasons, starting in 45 of 48 regular season games. During that span he recorded two postseason interceptions amidst the team's Super Bowl run in 2016. Atlanta's decision to designate Allen with a second-round tender is an initial step toward securing the 26-year-old to a long-term contract, providing the Falcons with a talented safety tandem for the foreseeable future between him and Pro Bowl selection Keanu Neal.
Allen recorded 54 total tackles (38 solo) in 15 games this season.
Coming off a 2016 campaign where he racked up 90 total tackles, it's safe to say that his defensive output was a disappointment this year. He'll be a restricted free agent this offseason, so while it seems likely he'll be in a Falcons jersey next season, his 2017 performance did little to solidify that possibility.
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