According to the Eagles team Twitter account, the team has re-signed free-agent safety Nate Allen to a one-year deal.
Allen will join the recently signed Malcolm Jenkins as the two early favorites to be a starting safeties in 2014, after a proficient first-season in Billy Davis’ new 3-4 defense.
The re-signing has to make you question what the team plans to do in the early rounds of the draft. If they already have to starting-caliber safeties, maybe they won’t feel compelled to take a guy like Calvin Pryor out of Louisville in the first round. And given the addition of cornerback Nolan Carroll late last week, maybe the team doesn’t even plan on taking a secondary player in the first-round.
I think given these signings, and increasing sentiment that DeSean Jackson might not be back in Philly in 2014 (as first reported here), maybe the idea of chasing a wide receiver like Mike Evans out of Texas A&M, is becoming a distinct possibility.
Update: Details keep trickling in about Allen’s deal. ESPN’s Adam Schefter has been on the story all morning and his latest numbers appear to be the sticking point between the two sides. While the final price tag is higher than the initial $1 million report, it is hardly the ‘Kings Ransom’ that safeties on the open market have been getting. That said, the chances that he couldn’t get this type of deal from another team, seem slim. My guess is that the Eagles promised Allen at least a chance to compete for the starting job.
Eagles actually are giving S Nate Allen a 1-yr, $2M deal with another $1M in play-time incentives, giving him chance to earn up to $3M.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 17, 2014