Miami Dolphins Bring Back Will Allen After Releasing Benny Sapp

Thomas Galicia@thomasgaliciaFeatured Columnist IVSeptember 14, 2011

MIAMI - OCTOBER 04:  Safety Will Allen #25 of the Miami Dolphins runs the ball against the Buffalo Bills at Land Shark Stadium on October 4, 2009 in Miami, Florida. Miami defeated Buffalo 31-30.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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As a result of the terrible play shown Monday night against New England, Miami's secondary has been shaken up a bit in the last 24 hours.

Benny Sapp, a South Florida native for whom playing for the Dolphins was a childhood dream, was released despite Miami owing the cornerback $1.6 million for the season, as reported by Omar Kelly of the Sun Sentinel

Sapp was torched most of Monday night by Brady and, in fact, was the victim on the 99.5-yard touchdown pass to Wes Welker. It is no surprise that he would get cut after such a disastrous performance. 

The decision to keep Sapp (and Nolan Carroll) was controversial as recently released cornerback Will Allen was considered to have had the better training camp despite being hindered by injuries for the first couple weeks of camp.

That same Will Allen is now, in the words of safety Yeremiah Bell, in the building.

Yes, Will Allen is now back with the Miami Dolphins, according to Bell's interview on the Joe Rose Show on Miami radio station 560 WQAM, although if you ask me, he's about two days late.

Of course, this isn't Allen's fault, it's the coaching staff's fault, who released Allen mainly because of his unwieldy contract prior to the start of the season.

The contract Allen signed today is for one year and the money isn't guaranteed.

Allen will work out with the Dolphins today and is expected to see some game time Sunday afternoon against the Texans (4:15 p.m., CBS).

Already the addition of Allen makes Miami's secondary better; however, the same thing could be said for the subtraction of the opposing team from Monday night.

Allen's veteran presence and experience in the secondary will be a huge help to a unit that at times on Monday looked lost and out of place. Miami's secondary needed a locker room and on-the-field leader, something that Allen does well.

Will Allen was on injured reserve last season and hasn't seen regular-season game action since the Dolphins played New Orleans on October 25, 2009. Prior to that he had a reputation as one of the best cover corners in the league.

Miami Allen will mainly be used in their nickle package, the same role that Benny Sapp was used in.

But the smart money is on Allen performing better, despite the lack of game action in the last two seasons.


Thomas Galicia is a Miami Dolphins Featured Columnist. Follow him on Twitter @thomasgalicia. For more of his opinions, visit, nominated by for "Miami's Most Valuable Blogger" in the sports division.