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For safety Nate Allen, the decision to join the Dolphins as an unrestricted free agent was pretty clear because of direction and location.
He likes the direction the team is heading and the location is close to his hometown of Fort Myers.
“I just like what’s going on here and I’m close to home,” Allen said Friday after signing with the Dolphins. “My family can come watch me play. There are certain things that you just can’t put a dollar sign on that appeal to me, being here in Miami.”
Allen joins the Dolphins after spending the past two years with the Oakland Raiders following five seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Allen, who has 13 career interceptions, says he brings a variety of skills to the Dolphins defense, as well as the ability to line up deep in the secondary or close to the line of scrimmage.
“I like thinking of myself as being pretty well-rounded and all around,” Allen said. “I feel like I have pretty good ball skills and I feel like I can tackle pretty well. I feel like I’m pretty knowledgeable about being back there at safety and I’ve been doing it for a while now. Hopefully I can bring some knowledge to the room and just help the guys out however I can. I know we’ve got a good room and a good group of guys, so I’m excited to start working with them.”
One of those safeties Allen will be working alongside is 2015 Pro Bowl selection Reshad Jones.
“He’s a heck of a player,” Allen said. “Like I’ve been telling everybody, I’ve watched him through the years. He’s a heck of a player. His play speaks for itself. We can learn from each other and I’m excited to start working with him.
“At this point in my career, I want to enjoy who I am playing with and enjoy the coaches I’m around and just be part of a group that has a chance to do something big. That’s what I feel like we can do here in Miami.”