Redskins: 3 nose tackles to target on the free agent market in 2018
I’m a big fan of poaching talent from divisional rivals in order to strengthen rosters. In this case, the Redskins could find a serviceable option at the nose tackle position by taking from the Philadelphia Eagles. Their former seventh round pick Beau Allen is set to hit the open market, and he has a decent skill set.
Allen has been a rotational lineman for the Eagles since coming into the league in 2014, and he has done a good job in that role. For the most part, Allen has focused on stopping the run and thanks to his stout 6-foot-3, 333 pound frame, he has been able to do that.
Despite playing only 41 percent of the defensive snaps in 2017, Allen racked up 20 stops and a sack. He did well to occupy opposing offensive linemen to open up lanes for his fellow defensive linemen to break through. He isn’t the most athletic player out there, but he definitely gets the job done.
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For the Redskins, Allen could get a chance to be a two-down starter for the first time in his career, and he probably would find some success. Allen would take over for Ziggy Hood, who has been playing out of position, and that could provide a nice upgrade for the team and the cost likely won’t be too much.
Allen figures to be in, at most, the $3 million per year bracket when he negotiates his deal. He won’t get a lot of guarantees given that he has been only a backup, so that could make him a bargain compared to the other options. Allen could serve as an upgrade without the team having to spend a lot of resources on the position.
Of course, paying Allen like a backup could put the team in position to select Da’Ron Payne or Vita Vea in the first round of the draft if they like either enough. Because of this, Allen should be a name for the Redskins to watch, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see them focus on him during the Super Bowl.