MINNEAPOLIS - SEPTEMBER 19: Jason Allen #32 of the Miami Dolphins is congratulated by Yeremiah Bell #37 after an interception during the game on September 19 2010 at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis Minnesota. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
The Miami Dolphins waived defensive back Jason Allen today in a kind of surprising move. Now, when most "big name" players are released, I typically scoff at the idea of the Jaguars having interest. In the case of Jason Allen however, I think it would be wise for the Jaguars to kick the tires.
Allen was a first round pick in the 2006 NFL Draft (16th overall) by then head coach Nick Saban. He was a disappointment until this season for the Miami Dolphins, where he started the first seven games in place of second year corner Sean Smith. The release is surprising, given that Allen played fairly well as a starting cornerback and held Smith on the bench for seven games. It's possible Allen could provide depth at the cornerback position, or the safety position. While on the Dolphins, Allen bounced back and forth between safety and corner.
It's believed that Allen is a much better fit in a "Tampa Two" style of defense or a defense with a lot of zone. He's got good size for a defensive back at 6'1" 200lbs., it might just be worth the chance. There's been plenty of shuffling in the secondary as is for the Jaguars, adding another talent to the mix couldn't hurt.