Dolphins sign Will Allen to extension

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
The three most important positions in football are quarterback, left tackle and cornerback.

The Dolphins have their quarterbacks of the present (Chad Pennington) and future (Chad Henne).

They have their left tackle of the present and future. Jake Long was a Pro Bowler as a rookie last year.

And they have solidified their future at cornerback. A month after they selected cornerbacks Vontae Davis and Sean Smith within in the first 61 picks of last month's draft, the Dolphins have signed left corner Will Allen to a two-year contract extension, agent Drew Rosenhaus announced Tuesday afternoon.

Rosenhaus tweeted Allen's deal includes $10 million in guarantees.

Because cornerback is a position that requires considerable grooming and youngsters rarely earn their coach's trust right away, Allen will help bridge the gap between now and later. Allen will turn 31 in August and will be 33 when the deal is up.

Allen recorded 50 tackles, three interceptions, 15 pass defenses and a forced fumble in 2008.

Since signing Allen in 2006, the Dolphins have started the likes Andre Goodman, Michael Lehan, and Travis Daniels on the right side.