The Cincinnati Bengals have released cornerback Jason Allen, according to their official twitter account on Wednesday.
We have released CB Jason Allen. #Bengals— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) April 10, 2013
By releasing Allen the Bengals will incur $500,000 in dead money for 2013, but compared to his $3.7 million cap number, it's still a significant savings. And we won't present the impression that the cap savings will lead to a long-term extension with one of the team's core players.
Allen, who signed a $8.2 million deal over two seasons last year, played four games with only three defensive snaps. He also added a special teams tackle during the season.
I'd like to Thank the Bengals & Coach Lewis for my time in Cincinnati. I look forward to taking the next step in my career.— Jason Allen (@JAllenAllstars) April 10, 2013
The current Bengals roster holds seven cornerbacks, led by Leon Hall, Terence Newman and Adam Jones, filled out with second-year players Dre Kirkpatrick, Shaun Prater and Chris Lewis-Harris, as well as Brandon Ghee. We figure that Hall, Newman, Jones and Kirkpatrick are certainties, with the final sport or two, battling between Prater, Ghee and Lewis-Harris.