The Jets announced that they’ve reached an agreement with free agent safety Antonio Allen.
Allen missed the entire 2015 campaign with an Achilles injury. Prior to that, the 27-year-old (28 later this month) made 18 starts in the Jets’ secondary from 2012 to 2014. The former seventh-round pick assumed a major role for the team in 2013, starting nine games at safety and accumulating 60 tackles. In 2014, he saw some time at cornerback when New York’s depth chart at the position thinned out.
Allen signed a one-year deal with the Texans earlier this offseason, but was released this weekend during final cuts. Back in New York, he’ll add depth at safety behind starters Marcus Gilchrist and Calvin Pryor, joining Rontez Miles among the Jets’ defensive back reserves. Allen will likely also contribute on special teams.
Allen was the last Jets draft pick from 2012 to still be on Gang Green’s roster.
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