After opening free agency with the signing of former New Orleans Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins, the Philadelphia Eagles announced early Monday morning they, and safety Nate Allen, have agreed to terms on a one-year deal.
Originally a second-round pick in 2010 under former head coach Andy Reid, Allen was a part of the leagues worst pass defense last season which would explain the lack of interest in what was a safety-hungry free agency.
Philadelphia initially allowed Allen to test his luck at the start of free agency, however, due to a lack of interest from other teams he wasted little time accepting the deal to remain with the Eagles. The move to bring Allen back to the Eagles is a smart move despite immediate outcries among many Eagles fans.
No, I am not saying Nate Allen was so good last season that this move makes sense for that reason alone. If that were the case he would’ve been resigned along with Jason Peters, Jeremy Maclin, Riley Cooper, and even Donnie Jones. But, Allen did show signs of improvement from seasons past. Allen appeared in all 16 games and recorded 82 tackles and one interception, sack, and forced fumble.
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There is a very strong chance that Nate Allen is not going to be starting opposite Malcolm Jenkins in 2014. But had the Eagles not resigned Allen, or another safety with starting experience, Philadelphia would not be able to follow their “best player available” theory. Instead, they would’ve been drafting for need.
I would still imagine Chip Kelly is going to be looking at safety’s Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Calvin Pryor if either, or both, happen to be on the board at No. 22. But if neither is available, or there is a pass-rushing presence that is to good to pass on, they’ll have the luxury of drafting the player they would like.
Solid Depth, Knows System
If when the Eagles are on the clock and either Ha Ha Clinton-Dix or Calvin Pryor is available, I strongly believe the Eagles have to go that direction. The patchwork has failed long enough and the issue at safety needs to be dealt with. And if either player joins the Eagles roster than Nate Allen will provide as very valuable depth. He already has an understanding of the playbook, there’s no locker room concerns with Allen, and as I mentioned earlier he improved last season.
If by now you already don’t see that I still want the Eagles to take a safety if one of the top two are still on the board, I’m telling you now. But lets not get all up in arms over the fact that Philadelphia resigned Allen. This was a low cost move that will allow the front office to focus on building a better overall team.
Through four seasons, all with the Eagles, Nate Allen has appeared in 59 games, recorded 262 tackles, six interceptions, three sacks and two forced fumbles.