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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