With the release of safety Isa Abdul Quddus, the Miami Dolphins found themselves in need of someone to play opposite of Pro Bowler (and newly extended) strong safety Reshad Jones.
And today the Dolphins filled that spot, with the signing of former Eagles and Raiders safety Nate Allen. The deal is reportedly for one year and will pay Allen $3.4 million.
Allen was drafted in the second round (37th overall) by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2010, and at 6’1” and 210 pounds, fits the long and lean body type that Miami seems to prefer in the defensive backfield. He also has a Florida connection, growing up in Fort Myers, and playing his high school ball at Cape Coral High. After four years with the Eagles, he has played the past two seasons for the Oakland Raiders.
Allen doesn’t come without some concerns. He has started 76 of 93 career games, but missed 13 games over his two seasons with the Raiders. He missed most of the 2015 season with a torn MCL. He came back to play in 14 games last season for the Raiders, including four starts.
With 368 tackles and 13 interceptions over his seven year career, he’s still only 29 years old and gives the Dolphins a solid and experienced depth option at free safety, and a very solid special teams player as well.
This story was written by Eldon Jenson. Follow him on Twitter @EJFootball
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