Report: Recently Released S Will Allen Spotted Wednesday At Steelers Facility

Color me a bit shocked. According to Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, safety Will Allen was spotted at the Pittsburgh Steelers facility on Wednesday just one day after he was released by the Dallas Cowboys.

The Steelers had a chance to re-sign Allen during the offseason, but chose not to and the veteran safety wound up signing a one-year qualifying contract with the Cowboys instead. That contract came with a reduced cap hit of $620,000, so it’s not like it would have killed the Steelers.

Allen played well last year when Troy Polamalu was sidelined with his calf injury, but at this point in his career, he’s merely a special teams contributor.

The only reason I can think the Steelers might have interest in is Allen is if the hip injury suffered by safety Da’Mon Cromartie-Smith is one that will keep him sidelined for a weeks. Cromartie-Smith is a big contributor on special teams, so if signed, Allen would likely take his spot on the roster.

Earlier in the day, the Steelers signed former linebacker Stevenson Sylvester back to the roster to replace injured linebacker Kion Wilson. Wilson, like Cromartie-Smith was a big contributor on special teams.

Stay tuned.

  • Mike.H

    Some Safty with initials RC who missed 2 tackles might’ve something to do with the Will Allen sighting.

  • Jon Crissinger

    Maybe you meant you were R.eally C.lueless.

  • Jason

    Absolutely not signed to replace Clark.

  • Mike.H

    DUDE, I’m not saying to replace Clark, but when your starting Safty has shown signs of demise… might need new blood on your roster, back up or otherwise.

  • Jon Crissinger

    There have already been reports that have Thomas seeing the field more in place of Clark. The only reason Will Allen will be brought back is to play special teams.

  • CW

    I agree that Ryan Clark is in his last year as a starter and likely with the team, but S. Thomas looks like the more likely eventual replacement.

    Will Allen for all we know could be talking a change in careers after the season is over with assistant coach Carnell Lake. It wouldn’t be the first time a veteran free agent returned to the Steelers to start a new post player career in football. Or they might be touching base with him if it turns out that Cromartie-Smith’s injury is worse than originally thought.

  • Matt Manzo

    Makes sense to resign if DRC is hurt for special teams. But I also don’t like what I’ve seen from Golden so far so I’d take him as a back up too.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Not sure we are improving at this point.

  • Bob Jones

    i hate to say this but safety is spelled safety.

  • gene mann

    So no confirmation if Alllen Signed or not

  • lalaland

    Inside sources say he’s playing this Sunday details of the contract are pretty much finalized

  • RedCarpetDefense

    Injuries in addition to consistent underwhelming performance by players at various positions across this team, my crystal ball says we haven’t seen the last of this 3 card monty shuffling of players. I guess when you run out of stones to turn over just keep turning the ones you already did. At this point it seems that is the only option.

  • RedCarpetDefense

    Unless of course you get more rocks.

  • James Kling

    PFT says deal is done, hints DRC gets the ax.