PHILADELPHIA ( - Beau Allen had already said his goodbyes to the Philly faithful after the Eagles agreed to sign his replacement, veteran Haloti Ngata.

The only question was where the former seventh-round pick would continue his career and that answer came Wednesday morning when the Minnesota native finally got to a warmer climate, agreeing to a deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Allen served as the Eagles' third defensive tackle on the team's talented front behind Pro Bowl selection Fletcher Cox and Tim Jernigan, returning from a torn pec in the offseason to play in 422 of the team's defensive snaps (a career-high 42 percent), and grading out as the 80th best interior defender in the league by

In the regular season, Allen finished with 24 tackles and a sack while he added six more tackles in three postseason games.

“I can’t say enough about the teammates and brothers I’ve shared this experience with,” Allen wrote on his Instagram page earler this week when discussing his time in Philly and the Super Bowl LII win. “I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world! Philadelphia will always hold a special place in my heart and I will always share a special bond with my brothers that brought the Lombardi to Philly."

-John McMullen covers the Eagles and the NFL for You can reach him at or on Twitter @JFMcMullen

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