HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 09: Cornerback Jason Allen #30 of the Houston Texans celebrates his interception against Jacoby Ford #12 of the Oakland Raiders on October 9, 2011 at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas. Raiders won 25 to 20.(Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)
The Cincinnati Bengals signed cornerback Jason Allen, with the second-most interceptions generated in the past two seasons, earlier Saturday evening. Though Allen is largely expected to be the necessary third cornerback in today's pass-happy NFL, the former first-round pick out of Tennessee signed a two-year deal worth $8.2 million, according to Jason La Canfora with the NFL Network.
Today's announcement gives the Bengals five cornerbacks signed for 2012. Including Allen, Leon Hall and Nate Clements will likely start with Rico Murray and Brandon Ghee filling out the roster. At the same time we can't completely close the book on another free agent cornerback signing, as well as a first-round prospect during April's 2012 NFL Draft. Then you'll have a good core of players competing during training camp to give the team the best roster possible.