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Patriots sign P Allen to three-year extension


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The New England Patriots signed punter Ryan Allen to a three-year contract extension.

The deal takes Allen has through the 2018 season, according to multiple reports.

Allen, 25, has the option to renegotiate after two seasons, the Boston Globe reported Saturday. The move comes 10 days after the Patriots signed Stephen Gostkowski to a four-year deal worth $17.2 million, an extension that made him the highest-paid kicker in the NFL.

Allen would have been a restricted free agent after the 2015 season and potentially an unrestricted free agent after the 2016 season.

Allen, a left-footed punter, made the Patriots as an undrafted free agent out of Louisiana Tech in 2013. He has punted in every game for the Patriots over the last two seasons (32 regular season, five in the playoffs).

Last season, Allen ranked 10th in the NFL with a 46.4 average and 12th in net punting (39.9). In two seasons with the Patriots, he has averaged 46.1 yards per punt with a net average of 40.2. He put 25 of his 66 punts inside the 20 during the 2014 regular season.

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