ATLANTA—Where's Oprah Winfrey when you need her?
You get a contract extension! ... You get a contract extension! ... You get a contract extension!
On Monday, the Atlanta Falcons crossed off another item on their offseason/summertime to-do list with young veterans and front-office personnel, agreeing on a three-year extension with safety Ricardo Allen.
The 27-year-old Allen (six interceptions, 10 pass deflections, 158 tackles over the last three seasons) was slated to hit unrestricted free agency next March, but Falcons officials never let it progress to that point, reportedly hammering out a $19.5 million deal with the Purdue alum (guaranteed money not known at this time).
If you're scoring at home, the Falcons have inked contract extensions with Allen ($2.9 million salary for 2018), quarterback Matt Ryan (five years, $150 million), left tackle Jake Matthews (five years, $75 million), head coach Dan Quinn (three more years), general manager Thomas Dimitroff (three-year extension), tailback Devonta Freeman (five years, $41.25 million) and cornerback Desmond Trufant (five years, $68.75 million) over the last 24 months.
And don't forget about All-Pro receiver Julio Jones, who recently had a $4.4M future bonus payment added to his 2018 salary—thus sparing any lingering talk of a holdout of training camp.
Of course, an NFL general manager's work is never done.
The next wave of potential long-term signings has a defense-heavy focus, with defensive tackle Grady Jarrett (unrestricted free agent next year), defensive end Vic Beasley, safety Keanu Neal and linebacker Deion Jones approaching extension eligibility in the not-too-distant future.
Tailback Tevin Coleman will likely hit the open market next winter. A pre-free agency signing might be a tall order, given the skittish nature of teams handing out long-term contracts to running backs.