NEPD Editor: Doug Kyed
The Patriots love to bring in veteran defensive backs, in the past signing Shawn Springs, Leigh Bodden, Lewis Sanders, Deltha O’Neal, etc.
Allen played in 15 games this season, with six starts and 676 total snaps at slot corner after missing all of 2010 and half of 2009 with a knee injury. Before Allen’s knee injury, Allen was the 10th rated CB on Pro Football Focus in 2008 and 32nd in 2009 despite missing half the season.
If Allen can further recover from his multiple knee injuries, the Patriots could be getting a steal. New England desperately needed depth in their secondary this season after Ras-I Dowling and Devin McCourty both missed time.
Allen won’t be a starter, but if Dowling gets hurt or Arrington and McCourty start to struggle again, he could be a valuable asset.
I don’t think this takes away the Patriots need to draft corner early in April, but it’s another low-risk, high-reward move that the Patriots are known for.
Allen was a former first round pick for the Giants in 2001.