The Eagles announced Tuesday that they have officially signed S Nate Allen to a four-year contract. To make room on the 80-man roster, the Eagles released LB-DE Alex Hall, whom they had acquired in early April in a trade with the Browns.
Allen, a second-round draft pick (37th overall) in 2010, Allen played in 48 career games (39 starts) at South Florida, compiling 224 tackles, 12 pass breakups, nine interceptions and four touchdowns for his career.
Eagles head coach Andy Reid said Allen would be the starting free safety when the veterans report to training camp.
“I think Nate’s very intelligent," Reid said. “I think he has very good ball skills. I know somehow he got labeled as not being a physical guy, (but) I think he is a very physical player off of what he did in college. I’ll be curious to see again how he sustains once the veterans get in here and we start cranking it up, but I would expect him to do very well there.”
Personnel analyst Nolan Nawrocki wrote in PFW's 2010 Draft Preview that the 6-1, 210-pound Allen is a "chiseled, rangy, finesse center fielder with fluid movement skills, desirable explosion and cover skills."
Releasing Hall was a minor surprise. Reid said Tuesday he didn't think Hall fit the scheme the way the team had hoped.
“Well, you obviously go through the roster and see the guys that you feel don’t quite fit in to what you are doing schematically," Reid said. “I think Alex Hall will be a very good outside linebacker in a 3-4 front. We worked him as a linebacker and also worked him as a defensive end. After the evaluation we just felt like his best thing would probably be a 3-4, and I think Alex can definitely play in this league and be very successful, he’s just got to get into the right situation.”
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