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2019 NFL free agency: Patriots re-sign punter Ryan Allen to a cheap 1-year deal

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The New England Patriots are re-signing punter Ryan Allen to a 1-year contract, per NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport and ESPN’s Mike Reiss.

Allen has served as the team’s punter since signing as an undrafted free agent in 2013 and has been the most reliable punter of the Bill Belichick era. While he doesn’t rank at the top of the league in net punting, he does a great job with directional punting as New England’s special teams unit is regularly considered elite.

The 1-year contract is surprising because he had previously signed a 3-year extension at the conclusion of his rookie deal. It will be curious to see the details of his contract and perhaps some information as to why the Patriots couldn’t sign Allen to a longer-term deal.

[UPDATE] ESPN’s Mike Reiss has the contract details below.

The Patriots had tried to prepare to move on from Allen last offseason when the added Cory Bojorquez as an undrafted free agent, but were unable to stash the rookie on the practice squad. Perhaps the Patriots will try again to move on from Allen after the 2019 season.