Falcons release safety Ricardo Allen, defensive end Allen Bailey

Dec 6, 2020; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara (41) battles with Atlanta Falcons safety Ricardo Allen (37) while running with the ball during the first half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

The Atlanta Falcons released safety Ricardo Allen and defensive end Allen Bailey, the team announced Thursday.

Allen, 29, was set to make a base salary of $6.25 million for the upcoming 2021 season.

Allen recorded 25 tackles and two interceptions in 12 games (all starts) last season. He has collected 340 tackles, 11 interceptions, one fumble recovery and one sack in 77 career games (76 starts) with the Falcons.

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Bailey, 31, had 15 tackles and 1.5 sacks in 16 games (four starts) last season. He has 248 tackles, 22 sacks and four forced fumbles in 133 career games (70 starts) with the Kansas City Chiefs and Falcons.

The team also waived quarterback Kurt Benkert, 25, who spent the 2018 and 2020 seasons on the Falcons’ practice squad.

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–Field Level Media