Falcons Tender Ricardo Allen as ERFA

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The Atlanta Falcons announced officially today that free safety Ricardo Allen was extended a tender as an exclusive rights free agent. According to ESPN, Allen will make $525,000 this season.

The third-year player was able to make a successful transition from cornerback to safety this past year, leading the Falcons in interceptions with three. He also collected 68 tackles and a sack while starting 14 games.

Allen was selected by the Falcons in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft out of Purdue with the expectation that he’d compete for a role as a nickel cornerback that season. He was cut at the end of training camp and spent all but the two weeks of the season on the team’s practice squad. Upon the hiring of Dan Quinn in 2015 and the introduction of a new defensive scheme, Allen was moved to safety.

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