Patriots sign defensive tackle Beau Allen

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By Alex Barth, 985TheSportsHub.com

The Patriots have beefed up the depth on their defensive line, signing 6-foot-3, 327 pound tackle Beau Allen Wednesday evening. Adam Caplan was the first to report the deal. It's a two-year deal worth up to $8 million.

Allen spent the last two years in Tampa Bay where he played 27 of a possible 32 regular season games, starting eight. Allen had been signed to a three-year deal by the Bucs in 2018, but was released in January before the final year of his deal could kick in, costing them $5 million in dead cap space.

Before Tampa, Allen spent four years with the Philadelphia Eagles, where he was a member of the team that beat the Patriots in Super Bowl LII.

Allen was drafted by the Eagles in the seventh round of the 2014 NFL Draft out of Wisconsin, where he was teammates with Patriots running back James White.

A true nose tackle, Allen will compete for the job opened by the loss of Danny Shelton. Other defensive tackles currently on the Patriots roster include Lawrence Guy, Byron Cowart, and Nick Thurman.

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