Running back Anthony Allen, a key performer on the Ravens' highly successful special teams units last season, signed his exclusive rights free agent tender, the team announced today.
Allen, a 24-year-old who the Ravens drafted out of Georgia Tech in the seventh round of the 2011 draft, has 19 carries for 69 yards and a touchdown in two seasons with the team. He was one of the Ravens' most valuable and unheralded special teams players this past season.
Allen was the lead blocker for Pro Bowl kick returner Jacoby Jones, who set a franchise record with three return touchdowns during the regular season. Jones added another one in the playoffs, returning the opening kickoff of the second half of Super Bowl XLVII for a 108-yard touchdown in the Ravens' 34-31 victory over the San Francisco 49ers.
Allen's signing was essentially a formality, as exclusive rights free agents have two years of NFL experience and cannot negotiate with other teams. If they don't accept their team's offer at the three-year veteran minimum salary, their only other option would be to leave the NFL.
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