Backup is Always A Good Thing

The Redskins hope they continued to bolster a unit that lacked solid players by signing linebacker Brian Allen.

He's not expected to be anything more than a backup, but the Redskins do plan on him helping their kick coverage. The common thinking among coaches is that the better linebacker depth a team has, the better their kick coverage.

Allen spent the past three seasons with Carolina, which finished fifth in kick coverage in 2003. The Panthers were seventh in the NFC a year ago.

Allen, 6-foot and 232 pounds, has played in 46 games, starting nine times. St. Louis selected him in the third round of the 2001 NFL Draft out of Florida State and he played three games that season. Houston selected him in the expansion draft and later released him in the spring of 2002.

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