Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff said they would be open to signing S Ricardo Allen to a long-term deal, as opposed to having him play out the 2018 season under a restricted tender.

“Yes, I believe we can create space for Rico and a number of other players,” Dimitroff said when asked if they could Allen to a long-term deal rather than use a restricted tender. “That said, we are always striving for creativity. And decisions made on certain free agents, whether they be restricted or unrestricted, oftentimes are contingent on the creativity they enable or not.”

Vaughn McClure writes that the Falcons are likely to at least place a second-round tender on Allen to ensure he doesn’t reach free agency.

It would cost them around $3 million to use a second-round tender, but it would also ensure that they would recoup a second-round pick if another team signed him to a contract that they weren’t willing to match.