Raiders sign safety Nate Allen

The Oakland Raiders continue to rebuild the defensive side of the ball through free agency, and Thursday was no exception.

General manager Reggie McKenzie and the Oakland Raiders announced on Thursday that they signed veteran safety Nate Allen.

Allen joins the Silver & Black following five seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles, appearing in 74 games with 69 starts.

Allen took over as the starting strong safety for the Eagles as a rookie in 2010, and has since posted 380 tackles, 10 interceptions, 28 passes defensed, four sacks, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.

Last season, the 6-foot-1, 210-pound safety started 15 games for the Eagles and recorded a team- and career-high four interceptions and tied for the team lead with three fumble recoveries. He also set a career high with 94 tackles in 2013 when he started all 16 games.

The Florida native was originally drafted in the second round (37th overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft out by the Eagles. He played in 48 games during his college tenure, totaling 224 tackles and nine interceptions.

The addition of Allen fills an obvious void after longtime Raider Tyvon Branch was released by the Raiders, and soon thereafter signed with the Kansas City Chiefs.

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