Oakland Raiders sign S Nate Allen

The Raiders needed safety help next to Charles Woodson, as they released Tyvon Branch, who has missed 28 games over the past 2 seasons, and Brandian Ross, who has played in Branch’s absence in each of the last 2 seasons, has struggled. This 4-year, 23 million dollar deal with 11.8 million guaranteed is a risky move for the Raiders. If Allen plays like he did last season, when he was Pro Football Focus’ 28th ranked safety, he’ll be worth it (or like he did in 2011 when he was 18th at his position), but he has a history of inconsistency.

Nate Allen has been a starter with the Eagles for 5 seasons since they drafted him in the 2nd round in 2010. Over that period of time, he’s played 74 of a possible 80 games, including 70 starts, but he has been up and down, grading out below average in 3 of 5 seasons and never having back-to-back above average seasons. His worst year came in 2012, when he graded out 84th out of 88 eligible safeties. His terrible 2012 is more than 2 years ago, he’s coming off a solid season, and he’s an experienced starter, so I don’t have a problem with him being a starter in 2015 and getting starter’s money, but this is above average starter’s money.

Grade: C+

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