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Report: Bucs Sign Beau Allen – What Does It Mean?

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed an external free agent defensive tackle! It’s not the guy you were hoping for but he could be a much better fit.

According to the Tampa Bay Times Rick Stroud, the Bucs are dipping their toe in the free agency pool with former Eagles DT Beau Allen.

Who is Beau Allen and why did the Bucs sign him?

The Player

Allen was one of the top run stuffers in the NFL according to Pro Football Focus, stuffing 11.3% of all plays in the interior.

Described as an integral piece to the Eagles top-ranked run defense, Allen finished with 20 tackles, a sack and four tackles for loss. While the stats don’t jump off the sheet, he did a lot of the dirty work that allowed his fellow defenders to hunt.

In his 5th season out of Wisconsin, he’s registered 87 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 forced fumble and 11 TFLs as a rotational player for Philadelphia.

Per, Allen was a priority free agency agent, playing 423 snaps this season, only 70 less than starter Timmy Jernigan.

One interesting aspect of his abilities is to play both in the 3-4 and 4-3 defenses.

How Allen With The Bucs

Allen will be expected to fill the rotational role (think Chris Baker and Clinton McDonald) next to Gerald McCoy on early downs where teams will try to attack the Bucs’ rush defense. In 2017, Tampa Bay ranked 23rd against the run.

He won’t bring much in the pass rush department, but at 327 lbs could play nose tackle while McCoy kicks out to DE in the 3-4 looks of the Bucs’ multiples defense.

Cap Impact

Per ESPN’s Jenna Laine –

Allen’s deal has a $5 million APY, which was a bit more than I would have expected for a rotational defensive lineman with no pass rush ability.

The Bucs entered the day with around $47.1 million in cap space, per

DLT’s Thoughts

A nice depth signing that will help the defense. I’m intrigued by his run-stuffing ability and many a Philly fan has told me he is a force. I’ll need to watch more tape of him to confirm that but obviously, the Bucs thought highly of him enough to make him a Day One signing priority.

While he won’t do much to help the Bucs pass rushing weakness, Allen may help the Bucs tighten up a leaky run defense.

J.C. De La Torre

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