One of the more maligned players over the last few seasons, safety Nate Allen will be back in a Philadelphia Eagles uniform next year. That’s not as bad as people are making it out to be, though.
Allen struggled in his first three seasons, but he was used improperly and had to adjust to a new defensive coordinator every time. 2014 will be the first time in his career where he doesn’t have a different defensive coordinator, and that should bode well for his development.
He was graded a -2.7 by Pro Football Focus last year, but it was a far cry from the -13.6 he turned in in 2012. Allen’s career numbers are even practically identical to those of free agent Chris Clemons’, a safety option many fans called for the Eagles to sign.
Here’s a quick recap of some (negative) fan reaction on Twitter. I understand it a bit, but people need to cut Allen some slack and realize he did in fact improve last season. Trying to compare every safety to Brian Dawkins is extremely unfair.
Why bring Nate Allen back he sucks
— The Lord (@MagnificentVee) March 17, 2014
NOOOO! Dammit #Eagles, Nate Allen sucks. Stupid decision to resign him.
— Mike (@mikesantos91) March 17, 2014
Their is gotta be a better safety in FA's better than Nate Allen… 6 Ints in 4 yrs, and 4 of em came in his rookie yr, That is jst horrible
— NFCEast Champs(10-6) (@emmann18) March 17, 2014
The worst move the eagles have made all offseason is resigning Nate Allen. He is ASS CHEEKS!!
— CJ C (@CJCostalas99) March 17, 2014
Nate Allen sucks. @Eagles
— Frankie Magazu (@FrankieeTheKid) March 17, 2014
At the very least, Allen will provide depth next year. With not having to be the best safety on the field, the addition of Malcolm Jenkins could even help elevate Allen’s play.