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Dolphins sign first-round pick Allen

DAVIE, Fla. (Aug. 8, 2006) -- Defensive back Jason Allen signed a six-year contract with the Miami Dolphins, ending a 10-day contract impasse between the team and its first-round pick.

Allen, who was selected 16th overall, and the Dolphins agreed to the deal that reportedly includes up to $9 million in guaranteed money. He was on the field with the team Tuesday morning for the first of two scheduled workouts.

With Allen's signing, only Arizona quarterback Matt Leinart -- the No. 10 overall selection -- remains as a holdout among this year's first-round draft picks.

Also, the Dolphins waived injured cornerback Will Poole -- who missed the entire 2005 season after reconstructive knee surgery and was placed on the physically-unable-to-perform list earlier in this year's camp. Poole tore the ACL in his left knee during a minicamp in the spring of 2005.

Allen led the Southeastern Conference with 123 tackles in 2004, becoming the first non-linebacker in at least 35 years to lead Tennessee in that department.

The first Tennessee player to be taken in the opening round since 2002, Allen played only the first five games of his senior season because of a dislocated hip.

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