Will Allen spent his first five seasons under defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin after being drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the fourth round of the 2004 draft. With Allen now a 30-year-old veteran and Kiffin a 72-year-old super-veteran, the two have reunited in Dallas.
“Monte’s a trip, man, but it’s fun,” said Allen, per ESPN Dallas. “I’m excited about it. I understand the defense and I understand the expectations and the standard, and I want to be able to convey that message to the guys here and help this team build and grow. I’m excited.”
The Cowboys signed Allen this offseason after releasing veteran Gerald Sensabaugh, and Allen will be one of a few safeties--the others being Matt Johnson and rookie J.J. Wilcox--competing for the starting spot opposite Barry Church.
This was one of the reasons Allen chose to come to Dallas.
“It’s a number of things,” he said. “It’s the opportunity to play with Dallas, the opportunity to be in the system again and the challenge of being able to start in this league. I started eight games last year with the Steelers and I see a great opportunity to start with the Dallas Cowboys and compete and help this team win.”
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