Steelers Re-sign S Will Allen

According to Adam Caplan of ESPN, the Pittsburgh Steelers have signed another one of their soon-to-be unrestricted free agents as safety Will Allen has come to terms.

Details of the deal are not yet known, but it most likely was a one-year contract for the veteran minimum and likely comes with a lower cap charge if the signing bonus, if any, was well under $75,000.

The Steelers let Allen walk last offseason as an unrestricted free agent as he signed a one-year qualifying contract with the Dallas Cowboys. Allen started the first several games with the Cowboys, but was quickly relegated to a backup role and ultimately released.

The Steelers brought Allen back following his release from the Cowboys and he played extensively in the quarters package after then-rookie safety Shamarko Thomas went down with an ankle injury.

  • Callentown

    This seemed like a no-brainer to be honest. Allen helps the defensive backfield by knowing the defense well and not playing out of position. In a year where there looks to be turnover in that area, having a player like him provides some stability.


    So far, so good.

    19-0, Baby!

  • SumnerYoung

    This is a positive. Will Allen is a steady and smart player with leadership qualities. He knows Lebeau’s system and seems to love playing for Tomlin, Lebeau and Lake. He can also play special teams. Will Allen seems like a future coach to me. You might see him as a Steeler coaching apprentice in a couple years.

  • srdan

    lol….the dream team!!


    This is a positive and imo a sign that PIT is not looking to convert Ike to FS…I have to think they will try to work out a more cap friendly deal with Troy.

  • Paddy

    A good team first kinda guy

  • Paddy

    Can u feel the love?

  • Tom Jackson

    Yo when is Heath’s contract gonna get announced it’s been like two days dang Ian at NFL network don’t know what he’s saying

  • Tom Jackson

    Yo i hope he gets more years added on to his deal

  • SteelersDepot

    As soon as it is done it has to be filed with the NFLPA and the details will be known at that time. We will know VERY soon.

  • SteelersDepot

    As soon as it is done it has to be filed with the NFLPA and the details will be known at that time. We will know VERY soon…

  • Tom Jackson

    Ok thanks you think he got a new deal or just a paycut? i doubt he would just do a straight up pay cut

  • Tom Jackson

    I think if they just gurentee the 10.8 million left on his deal and spread it into a 2 year contract that should be a fair deal for both sides

  • SteelersDepot

    As I mentioned previously, I think it is an extension more than likely.

  • Tom Jackson

    Cool thanks dog

  • Addison

    The only bad thing is that Thomas is going to be warming the bench again and stunning his growth as a player… Unless they cut Troy, but I doubt that.

  • chris ward

    Smart signing by the Steelers to bring back Allen. Veteran guy that can give some depth at safety and play on special teams.

  • Jollyrob68

    I don’t think so,this is an insurance move and a smart move. To me it means no Ryan Clark.

  • Bill Sechrengost

    I think this tells us that Ryan Clark will definitely not be back, because if Shamarko is starting, then they will need a veteran backup.

  • Steelers12328882

    It’s some insurance. I’m not overly excited about it tho. He’s 32, and I would like to get much younger in the secondary. At least he knows the defense and can play at a moments notice, but Shark should be the starter, and I’d also like to see a 20-something free agent FS signed.

  • Jollyrob68

    Very happy with this signing now re-sign. Al Woods.


    Yeah…definitely for Troy.

  • Jollyrob68

    I wonder if they’ll sign Nate Allen from Philly? Young guy they can coach up and get cheap.

  • Addison

    Yeah Ryan is gone. Will Allen took over Thomas spot last year and is viewed more as a SS. I just want him on the field to get some experience

  • steeltown

    Nice job, quality depth


    I’m with you on the age part, but you need a younger player ready and PIT is not there yet…this is not a major investment…a 20 something FA will be. IMO Thomas is going to play SS, and they will probably have him in the dime sub with Troy on the field.

  • Biggie

    Very Good resign, great depth guy who contributes.

  • Chad H

    It’s an expected move and who knows what happens in training camp he might not make the final roster. Another FA signing or drafted player or development of Shark may bump him off. But for now it’s a good move.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I see him as depth only as he is a aging player on the down swing. This signing was important but I wish we had better options.

  • PA2AK

    if I’m not mistaken, Thomas also got injured at the tail end and I believe that coincided with his ‘demotion’. The way they coach the safety positions on this D is they learn both, from what I understand. Thomas and Allen should know both FS and SS. While they aren’t necessarily best suited for the FS spot…I’d rather see a new # there. They’ll still have to address the position in the draft.

  • PA2AK

    i’m sure he’s cheap…so the value is there, but I agree it would be nice to have better options. no doubt they will be looking at a safety in the draft early.

  • Virdin Barzey

    As long as he stays healthy, this was an easy decision. Looking good so far.

  • TheBurgh805

    Thanks dawg good in fo brooh

  • Matthew Marczi

    You are not mistaken. Thomas twisted his ankle trying to tackle Stevie Johnson early in the Buffalo game (W10) and wasn’t heard from on defense again. Allen was the quarters safety from there on out.

  • PA2AK

    Typical with you guys…instead of yup he hurt it against Buffalo…you stop just short of giving me the down and distance with the personnel groupings! lol thanks!

  • Shannon Stephenson

    He knows the defense and he is cheap…makes sense today but we have to be aggressive in making sure we find younger guys

  • SteelersDepot

    Don’t think Matthew can’t do that. lol

  • Steeler Wheeler

    It was a cold and blustery day my friend….

    I remember the play, Johnson caught the ball, short left well short of the sticks. Shark came up to make tackle, Johnson partially eluded him but Shark had a good enough grip and was going to bring him down, throwing him backwards. But, Shark’s ankle rolled and he dropped Stevie, missed tackle, first down, and Shark never played another defensive snap when he returned to active special teams duty only. All-in-all, a terrible play for the Steelers.

    I was eating a well cooked cheeseburger with nachos and cheese with a nice IPA as I only eat black and gold foods/beverages during a game.