According to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, former Eagles safety Nate Allen won't be returning to Philadelphia next season. Allen has signed a contract with the Oakland Raiders. Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle appeared to report the news first via this tweet:
Allen, who turns 28 in November, had been with the Eagles since the team drafted him with the No. 37 overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. That selection was one of the picks Philadelphia received from Washington when they traded away franchise quarterback Donovan McNabb to the Redskins.
Allen started 69 games for the Eagles in 74 career appearances. He recorded 10 interceptions, 31 passes defensed, one forced fumble, 258 tackles, and four sacks in his five-year Philadelphia career.
The Eagles didn't show much interest in re-signing Allen, if any. The team allowed him to test the free agent market last year before ultimately re-signing him to an inexpensive one-year deal.
With Allen gone, the Eagles will need a new starter next to Malcolm Jenkins. The team could still look to find a player in free agency and/or the 2015 NFL Draft, though it's not looking like a great safety class according to Mike Mayock.
The Eagles currently have six safeties under contract: Jenkins, Chris Maragos, Chris Prosinski, Ed Reynolds, Earl Wolff, and Jerome Couplin.