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Bengals sign Ricardo Allen, per report

Cincinnati adds an experienced safety to their secondary.

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The Cincinnati Bengals have agreed to terms with free agent safety Ricardo Allen, per ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter. The deal is for one year.

Allen, a seven-year player in 2021, has played every season with the Atlanta Falcons prior to being released last month. He’s been a full-time starter since 2015 but has missed 17 games due to injury over the last three seasons.

In 77 career games (76 starts), Allen recorded 340 tackles, 11 interceptions, six tackles for loss and 26 pass deflections. Allen finished last season with a 62.4 Pro Football Focus grade. His best season was in 2016 when he played in every game and finished with a 75.8 grade.

Allen played college football at Purdue University from 2010-2013. As a freshman and sophomore, Allen played under current Bengals defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo when Anarumo was on staff as Purdue’s defensive backs coach.

Allen visited with the Bengals on March 2nd before the Bengals made any moves in free agency. Now, three weeks later, Allen is the newest member of the Bengals’ revamped defense.

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