CB Jason Allen released by Bengals after one season
Jason Allen counted $3.7 million against the Cincinnati Bengals’ 2013 salary cap, a ridiculous number considering he only played four games last season. His released saves the Cincinnati Bengals $3.2 million in cap space. However, the Cincinnati Bengals will still incur $500,000 in dead money even after Jason Allen’s release due to his signing bonus.
The 29-year-old Jason Allen missed the entire 2012 preseason and the initial two games of the regular season while dealing with a thigh injury. Jason Allen returned in less than 100 percent form, while getting three defensive snaps and posting three tackles, with one on the special teams. However, four games into his return and Jason Allen was again sidelined, this time for the rest of the season, due to the thigh injury.
Jason Allen also missed the Cincinnati Bengals’ regular season finale and a first-round playoff loss to Houston Texans.
The Cincinnati Bengals had signed Jason Allen to a two-year, $8.2 million contract as a free agent in 2012. He earned a base salary of $3 million in 2012, but became a spare part especially after the team re-signed cornerbacks Adam Jones and Terence Newman.
The Cincinnati Bengals currently have seven cornerbacks on the roster, including Leon Hall, Terrence Newman and Adam Jones (the top three players likely to start), as well as second-year players Dre Kirkpatrick, Shaun Parter, Brandon Ghee and Chris Lewis-Harris.
Before signing with the Cincinnati Bengals, Jason Allen spent one and a half season with the Houston Texans, who claimed him off waivers from the Miami Dolphins in 2010. Jason Allen also spent five seasons of his seven-year NFL career with the Miami Dolphins, who drafted him 16th overall in the 2006 draft (considered one of Miami’s worst pick). However, he failed to live up to expectations, earning just 23 starts in over 98 career games.