Just a few weeks after bringing in Michael Myers, the Bengals added another veteran tackle to lend further depth and versatility to their new-and-hopefully-improved defensive front.
Kenderick Allen (6-5, 328), a fifth-year pro out of LSU, has spent his career thus far bouncing around the league. After entering the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the New Orleans Saints, Allen was acquired by the Giants, spending two seasons there before winding up in Green Bay.
Allen saw significant action in New York, playing in 14 games in 2005 after being added late to the squad before the 2004 season. For his career, Allen has compiled 52 tackles, three sacks and two fumble recoveries in 31 games and just three starts.
Special attention has been paid to improving the defensive tackle position this offseason in Cincinnati. Allen joins the aforementioned Myers and sixth-round draft pick Matt Toeaina out of Oregon as the team's newest additions.
After allowing nearly 150 rushing yards per game in the final three games (all losses), the defensive front immediately became a priority.
The recent release of Sam Adams clears the way for Myers to start. Second-year pro Domata Peko and veteran John Thornton will combine with Allen and Toeaina to form a deep core rotation.