A lot of Eagles fans, including me, wanted a big name safety. When they signed Malcolm Jenkins, I was pretty sure that Jairus Byrd and T.J. Ward were out of the picture. The Eagles knew they needed to upgrade the position, but weren’t willing to overspend, which is an extremely wise strategy.
The top safeties went off the market instantly. The second tier safeties were nothing special, but it did contain a familiar face: Nate Allen.
Many fans consider Allen to be a bust, but the situations that he has dealt with would make many players look bad. In four seasons in the NFL, he has had as many defensive coordinators. That is about as bad of hand as someone could be dealt.
Allen won’t have to deal with a new defensive coordinator, as he has re-signed with the Eagles on a one-year deal, the team announced earlier today.
Continuity should be huge for Allen in 2014. In 2013, he had a bounce back season under new defensive coordinator Bill Davis. In 2014, he will be in a familiar environment running a scheme he is comfortable in. I’m not saying he will suddenly be the next Ed Reed, but he should be better and that is all the Eagles need.
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