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Cover 9@9: Allen wants long-term deal, too 

 

10h ago, May 23, 2018

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120817%20falcons%20photos%20CC13.jpgCCOMPTON@AJC.COM/CURTIS COMPTON December 7, 2017 Atlanta: Ricardo Allen celebrates as Falcons linebacker Deion Jones hits the ground intercepting Saints quarterback Drew Brees pass intended for tight end Josh Hill in the endzone to hold on to a 20-17 victory in a NFL football game on Thursday, December 7, 2017, in Atlanta. Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com

 

FLOWERY BRANCH —

 

Good morning! Welcome to the Cover 9@9 blog. It’s our weekly list of nine things at 9 a.m. Wednesday that you need to know about the Atlanta Falcons. 

1. The Falcons’ money train. The Falcons have paid quarterback Matt Ryan.

Julio Jones has reportedly taken notice of the shifting wide receiver market.

The Falcons have said they want to address left tackle Jake Matthews and defensive tackle Grady Jarrett next.

Then, there’s the matter of free safety Ricardo Allen. The team has tendered the restricted free agent at the second-round level at $2.914 million.

“I have a tender,” Allen said on Tuesday. “I haven’t signed it yet. That’s what you all hope for (a long-term contract).”

So, Allen, who recently graduated from Purdue, is also hoping for a long-term deal with the team.

“I just take it day by day,” Allen said. “I come out here and do my best for the team. I put myself in a good situation and I want to keep going.”

Allen, who played at Purdue from 2010-2013, was drafted by the Falcons in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft as a cornerback. 

After a bumpy start to his career, he’s settled in nicely as the team’s starting free safety after a position switch under coach Dan Quinn.

In four seasons with the Falcons, Allen has played in 46 games and made 45 starts. He has made six interceptions, 10 deflected passes, one fumble recovery and 158 tackles.

Allen was proud that he returned to college to earn his degree.

“It was good, just going to school for all those years, when I left, I didn’t come out with anything at first, but I always knew that I had a plan to go back and finish,” Allen said. “ It felt great to be able to walk on that stage even though it wasn’t with anybody that I personally knew, but it was all good.”

 

I know it’s Bedwetter but still its makes you wonder if the falcons would give him one. He has been a good safety the last few years. Has Ricardo done enough to earn himself a long term contract?

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2 minutes ago, JayOzOne said:

What's hard to understand about that? He's a restricted free agent starter. Every player in his situation expects a multi-year deal.

that they signed ryan and julio this offseason maybe ?? and do you think he has earned it ? Im asking tou

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3 minutes ago, caponine said:

that they signed ryan and julio this offseason maybe ?? and do you think he has earned it ? Im asking tou

He's earned something sure, how much and whether it's here or not remains to be seen, but he will get a fairly large deal somewhere to be sure.

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2 minutes ago, caponine said:

that they signed ryan and julio this offseason maybe ?? and do you think he has earned it ? Im asking tou

If he didn't, he wouldn't have been tendered. Again, he's a free agent and without the tender, he can sign anywhere. The fact that they didn't let him walk indicates that, yes, he earned it.

BTW, they haven't signed Julio and Ryan's contract lowered the cap number. Those have nothing to do with Rico.

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Just now, caponine said:

honestly?? Not really, because i think he knows that there are guys on defense that are more pressing. 

He's not demanding a contract or he won't play. He was asked if he wanted a long term deal and answered yes, which is perfectly reasonable.

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1 minute ago, JayOzOne said:

If he didn't, he wouldn't have been tendered. Again, he's a free agent and without the tender, he can sign anywhere. The fact that they didn't let him walk indicates that, yes, he earned it.

BTW, they haven't signed Julio and Ryan's contract lowered the cap number. Those have nothing to do with Rico.

i want too see if they give him a long term contract. He’s one guy that i couldnt determine if he would get a new contract or not, there were alot of people saying he is probably walking after next season .

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1 minute ago, hjerry said:

He's not demanding a contract or he won't play. He was asked if he wanted a long term deal and answered yes, which is perfectly reasonable.

which i dont have a problem with, but he is just one guy that is going to be a hard decision , just like coleman and possibly sanu are. Thats really what i was relating it to. Is he a guy that is an absolute must for the team or is he replaceable? I guess we will find out at some point

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Just now, caponine said:

i want too see if they give him a long term contract. He’s one guy that i couldnt determine if he would get a new contract or not, there were alot of people saying he is probably walking after next season .

He'll sign a three-year deal. If Julio's re-up is sizable, they'll sign Rico to a four year deal to spread his loot. A "long-term" deal is one that's for more than a couple seasons. Nobody typically signs for more than four or five. This is just business as usual and nothing that the team hasn't already made arrangements to handle.

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Just now, caponine said:

where tomorrow isn’t guaranteed ?? but ok sureee 

One bad injury and you may never play again, and sometimes, even if you can play, you're never the same again, and also sometimes, you get injured and come back from injury to find someone else now has your job

Many players have had such things happen to them before they could get a long term deal and lost money (or a long term deal at all) as a result

Get what you can while you can

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13 minutes ago, hjerry said:

He's not demanding a contract or he won't play. He was asked if he wanted a long term deal and answered yes, which is perfectly reasonable.

Especially in his case.  He's started the last 3 years for peanuts (last 2 under ERFA tender for minumum salary).  He more than deserves a shot at a LTD, but the fact that we've kept him on one year tenders year after year suggests to me that it may end up being elsewhere.

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