Dolphins reach deal with former Giants CB Allen

Updated: March 19, 2006, 7:20 PM ET
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

The Miami Dolphins continued their aggressive approach to upgrading their starting lineup by reaching a four-year, $12 million deal with Giants cornerback Will Allen. Included in the deal are guarantees of $5 million.

Will Allen
Allen

Allen, 27, a five-year starter with the Giants, gives the Dolphins a corner who can also help on run support.

Allen picked the Dolphins over the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. The Seahawks made a competitive bid that in some ways had a better structure than the Dolphins' offer, but Allen decided to stay on the East Coast instead of moving west. The Kansas City Chiefs also had Allen in for visit.

A native of Syracuse, N.Y., Allen attended Syracuse University and has been on the East Coast all his life. The Giants selected him in the first round of the 2001 draft, 22nd overall.

The signing with the Dolphins was a little ironic because they cut Sam Madison to open the starting job Allen has a chance to earn. Madison ended up signing with the Giants and taking Allen's place on their roster.

The Dolphins also reached a $1.5 million a year agreement with Chargers tight end Justin Peelle. The length of the contract wasn't known.

John Clayton

NFL senior writer