Allen, a 2014 first-round draft pick, has started 45 games over the past three seasons, playing a total of 2,748 defensive snaps. He has played a major role in the Falcons' defense ranking in the top 10 in both scoring defense and total defense last season, which they hadn't done since 1998. Allen joins Desmond Trufant, Robert Alford, and Keanu Neal as players who have already been locked up in the Falcons' secondary. The team has also given Matt Ryan, Jake Matthews, and Grady Jarrett new contracts recently, as they look to continue to contend in the NFC following their Super Bowl appearance two seasons ago.
Speaking of Super Bowl appearances, a team that has plenty of those is the New England Patriots. They made a roster move of their own on Monday by cutting ties with wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell. The 2016 fourth-round draft pick is well known for his role in the Patriots' comeback win over the Falcons two Super Bowls ago. He had five catches for 63 yards in the second half alone to help the Pats rally from a 28-3 halftime deficit.
Although, Mitchell missed the entire 2017 season with a knee injury. He had that knee examined on July 23rd, and is absence from the team's training camp was not a good sign of those results. With the Patriots playing the first four games of the season without Julian Edelman due to a suspension, many expected Mitchell to play a big role when he returned this year. His inability to come back soon enough is what ended his time in New England.
And the defending Super Bowl Champions locked in their top leaders, as the Philadelphia Eagles extended the contracts of head coach Doug Pederson and executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman through the 2022 season. Pederson came to the team in 2016 and overcame a 7-9 first season by leading his team past the Patriots in last February's Super Bowl. He did that after losing starting quarterback Carson Wentz to injury, as he finished the regular season with a record of 13-3.
Roseman's highlights include being named the 2017 Executive of the Year from Pro Football writers and Sporting News NFL. He was behind two trades in the 2016 NFL Draft that led to the Eagles taking Wentz from North Dakota State. Reports say that the talks for these extensions were "very short," as this was a seemingly no-brainer to keep their team as Super Bowl contenders over the next five seasons.