The Houston Texans have agreed to a deal with safety Antoino Allen, according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports.
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The New York Jets and Houston Texans are both interested in safety Antonio Allen, according to Newsday's Kimberley A. Martin.
Allen, 27, played 38 games with the Jets from 2012 to 2014, but missed all of last season due to a torn Achilles. He spent 2015 on injured reserve and is currently a free agent.
He has recorded 110 combined tackles and one interception in his three-year career.
New York drafted Allen out of South Carolina in the seventh round in 2012.
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Allen missed all of last year after a rocky 2014 campaign which saw him used in a variety of roles, including as an emergency cornerback. In reviewing Allen's play over the years, pretty much all of his best moments have come when he's been given man coverage assignments, as his positional sense and tackling have been too inconsistent whenever he's been required to play in space.
It's difficult to see exactly where he would fit within this defense but maybe the Jets are considering tossing him into the mix for roster spots with the likes of Rontez Miles, Dion Bailey and Ronald Martin if he can be re-signed cheaply. If the Texans sign Allen, then that could improve the Jets' position in respect of compensatory picks next year, so maybe the Jets are simply trying to nudge the price upwards in hopes of enhancing that situation.