The Atlanta Falcons had a bit of a drop off on the offensive side of the ball. However, it was the defense that held the team in check, leading them to an NFC Wildcard berth.

Now, the Falcons plan to lock in one of their key defensive players long-term.

Vaughn McClure of ESPN reports that Atlanta will look to sign free safety Ricardo Allen to a long-term contract.​

​​McClure further indicates that the Falcons would, at least, place a second-round tender on Allen, where they will eventually work on a new deal between both parties. Allen is a restricted free agent this offseason.

A second-round tender would cost the Falcons approximately $3 million, but it increases the likelihood that another team could swoop in and lose him.

This season, Allen proved to be one of the best free safeties in the game, as he was able to defend a majority of plays heading his way. This season, Allen posted 54 total tackles, two passes defended, and one interception.

The Falcons have a goal set for this offseason, and that is to keep Allen in Atlanta as long as possible.