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.

22 responses to “Will Allen re-signs with Steelers

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 2013 Andy Dalton vs. pittsburgh steelers:

    510 yards
    3 td – 0 int

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

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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)?!?

  8. 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.

  9. 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 .

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

  11. @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.

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

  13. 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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