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Report: Patriots sign defensive tackle Beau Allen

The Patriots made a second external free agency signing to reinforce their defense.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Beau Allen (91).

After a busy day of departures on Wednesday, the Patriots welcomed the reported signing of defensive tackle Beau Allen according to Adam Caplan.

Allen's fit is immediately apparent, at 6'3", 327 pounds he has good size to slide into the role that Danny Shelton played last season. He even procured a similar deal to the one Shelton signed with Detroit earlier in the day on Wednesday. Allen spent four years with Philadelphia after entering the league as a seventh-round pick, winning a Super Bowl with the Eagles 2017. He spent two years with the Bucs after that and played a career-low 16 percent of the defensive snaps with Tampa Bay in 2019. Allen is also a solid special teams contributor.

After losing some key front seven pieces, Allen is the first external defensive addition and brings much-needed size to the Patriots defensive line. He should not be the last addition to bring this element, as it seems clear that New England will stick to their core defensive philosophies, of which big space-eaters are a major part.

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