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Will Allen re-signs with Steelers

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The Steelers won’t be cutting safety Troy Polamalu to ease their cap crunch and they won’t be saying goodbye to safety Will Allen either.

Allen’s agent Blake Baratz announced on Twitter that his client has re-signed with the Steelers.

Allen joined the Steelers last October after parting ways with the Cowboys and wound up seeing action in 12 games for Pittsburgh as a backup to Polamalu and Ryan Clark. He also played five games with Dallas, making him the rare player to get on the field in 17 regular season games in the same season.

He had 34 tackles, an interception and a forced fumble with Pittsburgh and it seems the Steelers enjoyed his work enough that they didn’t want to risk filling it with another player. There’s also a possibility that Clark will be moving on as a free agent with Allen or second-year player Shamarko Thomas taking on a bigger role.

Baratz didn’t share any terms of the deal, but Allen’s deal probably isn’t going to stretch the Steelers cap too much. It isn’t going to make it any smaller either, which leaves much work for General Manager Kevin Colbert.

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22 Responses to “Will Allen re-signs with Steelers”
  1. steelbydesign says: Mar 5, 2014 9:54 AM

    He’ll likely be the Steelers starting FS this season.

  2. crownofthehelmet says: Mar 5, 2014 10:00 AM

    To Mr. Clark – thank you for your years of service, and for the bone-jarring blows you’ve laid on our enemies. Good luck in your commentator career.

  3. clashpoint says: Mar 5, 2014 10:22 AM

    He played in 17 games last year? That’s kind of awesome. I’ll assume he got 17 checks last year too, wtg Will.

    The Steelers used a lot of what they called a quarters package last year, which was like a dime set except with 3 corners and 3 safeties instead of 4 and 2. It worked very well, so he’ll get a lot of quality playing time this year too. Plus he’s a good special teams guy and good for the locker room. All that makes this a good signing.

  4. h3min1230 says: Mar 5, 2014 10:25 AM

    Haha wowww, this is why they’re mediocore.

  5. salsendardo says: Mar 5, 2014 10:31 AM

    They better draft a Safety

  6. doctorrustbelt says: Mar 5, 2014 10:35 AM

    2013 Andy Dalton vs. pittsburgh steelers:

    510 yards
    3 td – 0 int

    Thank you for re-signing troy polamalu and will allen.

  7. bengalguy says: Mar 5, 2014 10:40 AM

    The piper is gonna come callin’ sometime Pitt.

  8. Nofoolnodrool says: Mar 5, 2014 10:43 AM

    2013 Andy Dalton vs. pittsburgh steelers:

    510 yards
    3 td – 0 int

    Thank you for re-signing troy polamalu and will allen.

    Dalton was 1-1 against the Steelers and of course ONE AND DONE as usual last year. Stats are for geeks Lombardi’s are for winners….get some!

  9. steelerben says: Mar 5, 2014 10:51 AM

    Allen played well last season. He seems to have a good understanding of the defense and is cheaper and younger than Clark. With Shamarko having another year in the system as a part time player, the exit strategy for Polamalu is in place. Let 43 play out the string and retire a Steeler after this season or next.

    Next up is finding a viable replacement for Ike Taylor. Swagger is going to have to come off the books sooner or later, and this draft has some potential gems in it.

  10. steeler1nation says: Mar 5, 2014 10:54 AM

    Great move!
    Will Allen is a VERY UNDERRATED playmaker.
    Great nose for the ball.
    Better in pass coverage than Clark, and very solid against the run. Good at INTs. Good at forcing and recovering fumbles. Excellent value, too…and great locker room/high character guy.

  11. doctorrustbelt says: Mar 5, 2014 10:57 AM

    Andy Dalton KNOCKED pittsburgh out of the playoffs by beating baltimore.

    So… Cincinnati’s Defense giving up 30 points was Dalton’s fault (in the loss – after Bengals had already clinched a playoff spot)?!?

  12. ubepunkedagain says: Mar 5, 2014 11:00 AM

    Hey look, another 30+ player on the Steelers. I don’t think anyone would know the Steelers were in the league anymore if Tomlin doesn’t step on the field of play trying to trip a guy.

  13. blackngold4life says: Mar 5, 2014 11:05 AM

    Nice keep..

  14. ctiggs says: Mar 5, 2014 11:08 AM

    THE OHIO STATE

  15. Nofoolnodrool says: Mar 5, 2014 11:18 AM

    Hey look, another 30+ player on the Steelers. I don’t think anyone would know the Steelers were in the league anymore if Tomlin doesn’t step on the field of play trying to trip a guy.

    The fact you posted contradicts your point there Einstein .

  16. crownofthehelmet says: Mar 5, 2014 11:25 AM

    “Andy Dalton KNOCKED pittsburgh out of the playoffs by beating baltimore.”
    —————————————————
    Brilliant. You do realize the Steelers finished ahead of the ravens, right?

  17. mgjnsc says: Mar 5, 2014 11:27 AM

    @doctorrustbelt

    It’s always the QBs fault. The Bengals deserve just as much credit for knocking the Steelers out of the playoffs as Antonio’s big toe does. His big toe also won just as many playoff games as the Bungles last year, too.

  18. ✦ Pittsburgh is the City of Champions ✦ says: Mar 5, 2014 11:28 AM

    This is what we do.

  19. ohiostate777buckeyes says: Mar 5, 2014 11:30 AM

    Will Allen is a great guy…got to know him a little…does a lot of stuff off the radar in the community.
    Just a really good guy with a big heart.
    God bless you, Will!

  20. steelcurtainn says: Mar 5, 2014 12:02 PM

    Good depth and experience. Excellent move steelers.

  21. steel2372 says: Mar 5, 2014 12:35 PM

    Great moves by the Steelers. After a solid draft, we should be well on our way. Go Steelers prove the doubters wrong again.

  22. scoobies05 says: Mar 5, 2014 2:30 PM

    I guess we should be proud. beating the Ravens and Steelers is better than winning a playoff game according to certain fans. just remember…that’s 4 super bowls to 0 playoff wins when you compare franchises. really, there is no comparison

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