One of the Cincinnati Bengals major priorities this off season was to get another cornerback. That mission was accomplished when the team agreed to terms today with former Houston Texans corner Jason Allen.
Allen was drafted with the 16th overall pick in 2006 out of Tennessee by the Miami Dolphins. Allen struggled in Miami, being shuffled between corner and safety and with the injury bug. The Dolphins released him in 2010 and the Texans picked him up. Allen served primarily as the nickel back, but was highly productive, recording seven interceptions in his 23 games in Houston.
Allen was a part of a group of players who visited Cincinnati on Friday that included New Orleans cornerback Tracy Porter. Both left town without a contract, but the Bengals and Allen were able to come to terms today.
Allen will ostensibly pair with a Leon Hall who is recovering from an Achilles injury which sidelined him the latter half of last season. Veteran Nate Clements will also battle for a starting position, but both could see some time at safety as well.
Allen's 6'1" frame is ideal for matching up for the bigger receivers in the league. He's know for having outstanding ball skills, as evidenced by his interception totals, something that was lacking in the Bengals' secondary last season.
The Bengals are probably not finished with the position yet. With Adam Jones and Kelly Jennings free agents and Hall recovering from injury, only Clements and Brandon Ghee remain on the roster as players with significant game experience. Look for the team to use one of their early draft picks on a cornerback as well.
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