Falcons announce second round tenders for RFAs Ben Garland, Ricardo Allen

Falcons announce second round tenders for RFAs Ben Garland, Ricardo Allen
Falcons place second-round tenders on Allen, Garland
Safety Ricardo Allen isn’t the only Falcons restricted free agent getting a second-round tender on Monday.

The team announced that guard Ben Garland is also being tendered at that level. Both players will be set to make $2.914 million if they play out the year under the terms of the tender.

The move for Garland raises several questions, none of which we can answer at the moment. Given that theyre tying up nearly $3 million in Garland, a steady and versatile player who got a handful of starts last year for Andy Levitre, its fair to wonder whether hes going to get a real shot to start at right guard in place of Wes Schweitzer. Its also fair to wonder whether the Falcons might be setting themselves up to trade one of their guards, whether they have zero faith in last years fourth round pick Sean Harlow to be a useful reserve, or whether they think a team might surrender a second round pick to snag Garland. The final possibility is that the Falcons are just plain worried about Levitres health and Schweitzers long-term viability, and they view Garland as a necessary safety net for both players.

Garland signed with the Falcons in 2015, but got his first NFL contract from the Broncos in 2010. He spent two years serving his military commitment to the Air Force and made his NFL debut in eight games for Denver in 2014. He’s played in every game for the Falcons the last two seasons and made the first four starts of his career after Andy Levitre was shut down with a triceps injury late in the year.

Falcons place second-round tenders on free agents Ben Garland and Ricardo Allen

Garland played defensive line in college and has made cameos on that side of the ball in the NFL as well.

Levitre is expected back with the team after he took a pay cut earlier this month, but it’s clear the Falcons value Garland as a backup based on the high bar they’re asking other teams to clear if they want to sign him away.

Atlanta Falcons Place Second-Round Tender on Ricardo Allen

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — The Falcons have placed second-round tenders on safety Ricardo Allen and guard Ben Garland, who are restricted free agents.

Last season, he started in three games at guard, making his first career start in a Week 14 win over the Saints. This past season, Garland was the Falcons nominee for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award. 

Thanks to the $2.9 million tenders, another team signing either player would have to give the Falcons a second-round draft pick. The free agency period begins Wednesday.

In three seasons with the team, Allen has played in 47 games with 46 starts and totaled 212 tackles, nine passes defensed, six interceptions, one forced fumble and one sack.

Allen started 15 games and had 54 tackles with one interception last season. He has started 46 of 47 games with six interceptions in three seasons.

PFT has confirmed that Allen is getting the second-round restricted free agent tender from the Falcons this week. The tender sets him up to make $2.914 million from the Falcons and sets the Falcons up to get a second-round pick if Allen signs an offer sheet elsewhere that they choose not to match.

Garland made his first three starts of his career last season as a fill-in for injured Andy Levitre. He also has seen spot duty at defensive tackle and has four career tackles.

Allen was a fifth-round pick by the Falcons in 2014, but is only a restricted free agent because he was cut before the start of his rookie season. He spent most of the year on the practice squad, but took over as a starter the next year.

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