The New England Patriots have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with free agent cornerback Will Allen, a league source confirmed on Wednesday.
A first-round pick (22nd overall) Syracuse by the New York Giants in 2001, Allen has 527 tackles, five sacks, 15 interceptions and 109 passes defensed during his 11-year career. Allen has spent the last six seasons with the Miami Dolphins, starting 53 of 54 games and intercepting seven passes before suffering a torn ACL in his left knee that sidelined him for much of the 2009 and the entire 2010 season.
Allen returned to start six of 15 games in 2011, playing in nearly 60 percent of the team's defensive snaps while picking up 43 tackles and three passes defensed.
In New England, Allen joins a cornerback group that has 2010 Pro Bowler Devin McCourty and Kyle Arrington penciled in as the starters, with 2011 second-round pick Ras-I Dowling, Sterling Moore and newly-signed special teams standout Marquice Cole competing for roles in nickel and dime packages.