Falcons sign Ryan Allen, Younghoe Koo to one-year deals

Bosher appears headed to free agency

The Falcons signed punter Ryan Allen and kicker Younghoe Koo to one-year extensions Tuesday.

With punter Matt Bosher struggling with a groin injury, the Falcons had a revolving door at punter last season.

Allen, 29, who signed Nov. 4, helped to stabilize the position over the final eight games of the season.

He punted 28 times for 1,172 yards for a 41.9 average. Also, Allen placed 14 punts inside the opposition’s 20-yard line, including eight that were placed inside of the 10-yard line and five that were downed inside of the 5-yard line.

Allen played six seasons for the Patriots and won three Super Bowls.

He has played in 96 NFL games and has a career average of 40.2 yards per punt.

Allen will have to beat out punter Sam Irwin-Hill, who signed Feb. 7.

Bosher, a sixth-round pick in 2011 out of Miami, appears headed to free agency after punting for the Falcons for the past nine seasons.

The Falcons also had problems at the kicker position and signed Koo on Oct. 29 after releasing long-time kicker Matt Bryant.

Koo, 25, a former Georgia Southern kicker, made 23 of 26 field-goal attempts and 15 of 16 extra-point tries.