Allen signed with Bengals as unrestricted free agent for 2012 but saw only limited action, partially due to injuries ... Had 10 INTs over 2010-11 with Miami and Houston ... His seven INTs over 23 total regular-season games with Houston (late 2010 through 2011) was tops on team for that span and also tied for second among all AFC cornerbacks ... A first-round draft choice by Miami in 2006 and led Dolphins in INTs in ’07 ... Has 60 career special teams tackles.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Selected by Miami in first round of 2006 NFL Draft (16th overall) ... Signed with Dolphins on 8-8-06 ... Released by Miami on 11-10-10, and acquired 11-11-10 by Houston on waivers ... Became unrestricted free agent after 2011 season ... Signed as UFA with Bengals on 3-19-12.
2012 RECAP: Played in four games (Games 3 and 13-15) ... Made Bengals debut Sept. 23 at Washington and had two tackles ... One special teams tackle Dec. 9 vs. Dallas ... Did not play in preseason and inactive for Games 1-2 due to quad injury ... Inactive for Games 4-12, 16 and Wild Card playoff, due partially to thigh injury.
PREVIOUS SEASONS: 2006—Played in every game as a Miami rookie, with 13 tackles, one INT and seven special teams stops ... First pro INT came against Chicago’s Rex Grossman, with seven-yard return, in road win Nov. 5.
2007—Played in every Miami game, with nine starts, and led team with three INTs ... Played safety in his first NFL start, Oct. 28 vs. N.Y. Giants in London.
2008—Played 15 Miami games with two starts ... Tied for team lead with 16 special teams tackles and had one INT.
2009—Second on Dolphins in special teams tackles (15), playing every game with one start.
2010—In season split between Miami and Houston, posted career highs in tackles (55) and INTs (six) ... For Dolphins on Sept. 19 at Minnesota, led 14-10 win with two INTs against Brett Favre and career-high 10 tackles ... INT for Dolphins on Oct. 17 at Green Bay ... Played in season’s final seven games for Houston after being acquired on waivers by Texans ... Had three of his six INTs on the season for Texans.
2011—His four INTs tied him with former Bengal Johnathan Joseph for Texans lead ... Started four games in regular season ... Third on team in passes defensed (11), tied for second in special teams tackles (eight) and 10th in tackles on defense (37) ... His INT Oct. 2 vs. Pittsburgh with 0:10 left clinched win ... In Oct. 9 win vs. Oakland, tied for team lead with eight tackles and had INT at Texans 44 in second quarter (Houston scored TD on next play) ... Had career-long INT return of 34 yards in win Dec. 4 vs. Atlanta ... Five tackles and pass defensed in 1-7-12 Wild Card win vs. Bengals ... One pass defensed and special teams tackle in Divisional playoff loss at Baltimore.
COLLEGE: Played four seasons (2002-05) at Tennessee ... Three-year starter, and a team captain as a junior and senior ... Splitting time between CB and FS positions, totaled 220 career tackles with four INTs, three sacks, 21 passes defensed, five forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.
PERSONAL: Hometown is Muscle Shoals, Ala. ... Attended Muscle Shoals High School, where he starred at RB, earning Alabama/Gatorade High School Player of the Year honors as a senior ... Scored 24 TDs as a prep senior ... Earned degree from Tennessee in sports management.