The Tampa Bay Buccaneers looked to increase the size on their defensive line last year when they signed Chris Baker and drafted Stevie Tu’ikolovatu. Just because those choices didn’t work for 2017 didn’t mean the philosophy was going to change, and that is evident by the team signing Eagles nose tackle Beau Allen.

Allen signed a 3-year, $15 million dollar deal worth up to $16.5 million in incentives. $7.25 million in the deal is guaranteed.

Allen is a former seventh round pick from the 2014 NFL draft. But, just because he was a seventh round pick, that didn’t stop him from playing in all 16 games a rookie and becoming a contributing player for the last two years. At 6-foot-3, 330 pounds, Allen is a nose tackle type of player who was a rotational piece in the Eagles Super Bowl defensive line.

He’ll try to fill the role the team was trying to fill with Baker last year.

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33 COMMENTS

  1. I pray they sign McDonald now too… would be a very solid rotation. plus a rookie in there too.

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  2. Fire Litch before the draft please!

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  3. I’d rather have McDonald

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  4. Wow we miss all the best of the best and sign a role player that was Barrie’s on a debt chart. Please fire the GM.

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    • Dontari Poe please.

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    • Assuming most have no clue that he was Philly’s #3 DT playing behind starters Fletcher Cox and Timmy Jernigan, and he practically split snaps with Jernigan over the course of the season. That’s not being buried on a depth chart .

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  5. I just don’t get it.

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  6. At least he’s another warm body for the D line, remember we only have McCoy, and Stevie T.. This is a notch above doing nothing.

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  7. Fellow Fans,

    I hate to say it but it seems like we have absolutely no strategic plan about doing anything. Now, I am not saying for the Bucs to go out and get every last free agent out there, but names like Solder, Poe and multiple corners who we could have went after and did not.What gets me is all these stories about the bus being “all in” on signing someone and then 24 hours later, they are signing with another team. Signing some of these guys would have allowed us to attack other options in the draft. Now, we are shopping at food depot for players when we could have been shopping at Whole Foods. I really don’t understand what goes on behind closed doors, do ANY of the a** clowns we have currently in the front office turn on NFL Network at all?

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  8. I’m very curious as to what he’s getting paid. Better not see anything near 4 mil

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    • I thought Clinton Mcdonald played well last year. Why not sign him back as well? We need bodies but like yourself, I think his contract better not be high considering he was literally a rotational guy.

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  9. People calm down. Sitton, jensen, murphey, and mckinnon are all still out there. Just getting sitton or jensen is a win for me this offseason. We don’t need to overspend for players, just get a cpuple of plug and play guys then go into the draft with options.

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    • McKinnon is going to the 49ers. But I’m waiting to hear about Sitton and Jensen. I think signing them would make me feel a little better.

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    • I’d like to agree with you, but when you’re last in your division and have a 32nd ranked defense, you need more than just plug and play.

      There are a few positions of dire need on this team where we need more a starter: Guard, Corner, D End, and Running Back.

      .. it’s a dangerous game when you go into the draft targeting specific positions.

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  10. Oh look another rotational DL that we want to start, fire this clown before he ruins another draft.

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  11. I’m just getting the popcorn ready for the Fab 5 which explains things “from the Jason Licht perspective” that we’ve all grown to love. I’m sure there’s a great reason we have had so little activity in free agency despite massive holes.

    Maybe it’s the stellar class of defensive ends in the draft this year? 😛

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  12. People do realize today isn’t the only day of free agency, right??? Most of the players that go on first day of FA aren’t worth the jack they get. There’s also not a lot of top notch D-line and O-line available yet, so Its a marathon, not a sprint. Just hang on. It will all be ok.

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    • A rare Bucs fan with some cool headed perspective on the clusterfoeck that is NFL free agency. Everybody wants recognizable names and big dollar contracts… The sky isn’t falling.

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      • You’re right, it isn’t falling…..it feel years ago

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        • Fell that is

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      • I agree too, I just wish we didn’t pay this guy 5 mil a season. That might b what Poe gets.

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  13. The community needs to seriously get a grip. Haven’t seen a Bucs peanut gallery this up and arms over nothing since last year when everyone was singing the the same people’s praises like they could do no wrong. Fickle isn’t a strong enough word anymore.

    I hope that, eventually, we can learn some moderation and not turn every piece of news into another excuse to cry about something entirely irrelevant. Offseason has three phases to it – Free Agency, the Draft, and Post-June 1. We JUST got into the first phase.

    Chill out. You’d think we as a community would be tired of being “Free Agency winners”.

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    • The last two times we “won free agency” according to the pundits, we proceeded to fall flat on our faces out of the gates and never recovered. You’d think people would want our front office to have learned from those experiences.

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  14. This signing as he’s a younger guy.

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  15. You have a good point but outside of one year, the bucs are never free agency winners. The free agency winners last year went to the divisional playoffs. We don’t want Bucs to spend crazy, but as fans we also see a team with a ton of holes. IF you think this team is close, then that’s another thing. I don’t. There’s glaring holes at all four positions a crossed the defensive front. Two DB’s needed, Safety help, and at least one lineman, a guard, and a RB. You can’t fill all of your holes by thinking you’re magically going to hit on 4 starting draft picks. That doesn’t work. There’s solid players being taken that us Bucs fans might want, that is all. We all want the same thing, some fans just want things done differently. I was for getting some help , which the Bucs still may, in the secondary and offensive line in the free agency period. Then the draft can focus on a back and the rest defense.But I also get the sense that the Glazers told Licht to keep his money in his pocket this off season outside of signing back our guys. Which is a good thing I think. Just my choice, and is the reason I , and many others, are getting a little impatient. And hey, if the Bucs pull of some strong moves to finish free agency and have a bang up draft, I
    ll be the first to admit I’m wrong.

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    • Sorry, this response was to JustaBuc, for some reason it put it at the bottom.

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  16. Justabuc whatever it is that you’re smoking to “stay cool” after the same story every year, please pass it. Bad decisions are bad decisions regardless whether it’s being very active and taking the wrong players in free agency or having the deer in the headlights look and watch the best available players in positions which can help our team get better sign with other teams. The strategy always seems to be like throwing darts at a dart board, that’s my problem.

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    • Relax, this is not a bad signing. We are absolutely depleated on the D-line. We need lots of help. Norwell was WAY too expensive, and so far, the O-linemen we are probably targeting are all still available. I do agree we need at least 1 or 2 O-linemen and a CB to help us draft without a huge need for specific positions. Maybe a RB. I didn’t really like Darkwa before, but he is a cheaper option that may actually work out for depth. He still had a very good YPC average and that NYG O-line was terrible.

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  17. Oh good, so the rotational guy gets a starting job handed to him. Nice. That’s starter money, and I’m confused as to what they see in this guy to hand him a starting job with his 2 career sacks. But hey, last year he had one half more sack, so his production is on the rise.haha

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  18. 5 mil a year for a run stuffing back up with 2 career sacks?

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  19. Every Free Agency period starts like this. Leading up to it folks anxiously await the bold headline that our Bucs have signed a big name player or two or three. If they do, many rejoice and predict a playoff run. “Fire the cannons!” If they don’t, those same folks predict doom. “Fire the GM!” If the Bucs aren’t featured on NFL Total Access for signing players, who all too often are a bunch of overpaid cast-offs, fans think the teams that are making headlines in March are getting ahead of us in the big race to a winning season.

    All I know is that building a team counting on Free Agents rarely is successful. One need only look at our own dismal history. Our two headline grabbers from a year ago netted us a whopping 5 win season. Without them we still would win those same five games and maybe another if Swaggy hadn’t tipped over getting an off-sides penalty.

    Not “every” team is out there signing players in a feeding frenzy. Just because we don’t know the plan doesn’t mean there isn’t one. I’ll concern myself with the roster in September……not the Ides of March. “Beware the Ides of March”.

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  20. I’m pretty sure he was rated the top run stuffer in the league last year and we need that badly.

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    • Opps sorry that was our other signing Unrein.

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