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New York Jets Sign Antonio Allen, Seventh Round Pick in 2012 NFL Draft

May 17th, 2012 at 1:35 PM
By Donald Lappe

The New York Jets have signed safety Antonio Allen. Antonio Allen was drafted by the Jets in the seventh round of the 2012 NFL Draft out of South Carolina. Allen signed a four-year deal with the Jets for about $2.1 million.

'U.S. Naval Academy fullback dives over the goal line' photo (c) 2011, Official Navy Page - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/ The New York Jets have signed former South Carolina safety Antonio Allen to a four-year deal. The Jets selected Antonio Allen in the 2012 NFL Draft, with the 242nd pick. The pick was in the seventh round. Allen played the "Spur" position at South Carolina, essentially a hybrid safety-linebacker.

Antonio Allen is expected to contribute to the Jets right away in 2012. He could potentially compete for the starting safety position alongside LaRon Landry, and at the very least should see time in substitution packages as an extra defensive back and on special teams. A very good tackler, Allen is a player that the Jets will have confidence in putting on the field in many different situations. He led South Carolina in tackles in 2011 and many had him rated much higher than the seventh round. He could end up as one of the steals on the 2012 NFL Draft.

Antonio Allen signed with the Jets for four years and about $2.1 million. The Jets now have three draft picks that remain unsigned: Quinton Coples, Demario Davis and Jordan White. Coples was selected in the first round, Davis in the third and White was also a seventh round pick like Allen.

It's unclear what the holdup has been with Coples. With the rookie wage scale in place, it was expected that 2012 NFL Draft picks would sign much quicker because there is less wiggle room. That has been true with some of the early round selections, but others still remain unsigned, like Quinton Coples.

Rich Cimini of ESPN reported the news.

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