The New England Patriots won't have to find a new punter for the 2019 season.
Veteran punter Ryan Allen was able to sign with other teams in NFL free agency, but the Patriots have agreed to a contract to bring him back, NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday.
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ESPN's Mike Reiss reports it's a one-year pact.
Punter Ryan Allen and the Patriots have reached agreement on a 1-year deal, per a source. — Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) March 19, 2019
Allen has played very well for the Patriots since making his NFL debut in 2013. He tallied 64 punts for the Patriots last season with an average distance of 45.1 yards and 21 of them landing inside the 20-yard line.
The 29-year-old also was one of the Patriots' best players in their Super Bowl LIII victory over the Los Angeles Rams. Special teams was an important factor in that game, and Allen helped the Pats control field position throughout the night.
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