Ex-Steeler Will Allen Still Looking To Play In NFL


We wrote about Will Allen last week for an off-the-field issue. The sports media, namely ESPN, again mixed him up with the other Will Allen, who plead guilty to running a Ponzi scheme.

This is from the other day but worth pointing out. Jeremy Fowler of ESPN, who, for the record, didn’t write that original inaccurate story, caught up with Allen about the issue.

Most of it was what you’d expect. Allen was rightfully upset at his name being dragged through the mud and the impact it had on his charitable work, The Will Allen Foundation.

Beyond that, which I want to stress is the more important story, Fowler tucked away a nugget about Allen’s potential football future.

“Allen still wants to play football. He tried out for the Giants in October but understands a return might not happen.”


I don’t believe I heard anyone report that Allen had a tryout with anyone so it’s worth keeping note of. The Pittsburgh Steelers declined to bring him back when his contract was up this past offseason after starting 13 games for the Steelers in 2015. He logged nearly 80 tackles, picked off one pass, and had the first four sacks of his football career.

There is no indication the Steelers have interest in bringing Allen back. Their safety depth has been tested this year with injuries to Shamarko Thomas and Jordan Dangerfield without the Steelers calling. But it is worth marking down, just in case, considering Mike Tomlin’s seemingly good relationship with the veteran safety. If the Steelers got in a tough spot late in the season, maybe Allen’s name would get floated around.

Of course, not playing football for an entire season makes it a less appealing signing, waiting on someone to get in football shape. But he’d just be dealing with the opposite hurdle any new player would. Those who are in shape wouldn’t know the system; Allen would know it immediately.

Again, all signs point to a reunion being unlikely and Allen’s career being done. He’s obviously enjoying a ton of success, media inaccuracies aside, off it, and has a bright, bright future.

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  • Phil Brenneman II

    I suppose Allen may still hold some small value as a vet backup for someone.

  • James Brown

    Allen now knows how Jesse James feels.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    my favorite steeler hands down.

  • Steelers12

    i believe he has a small amount of value but in today’s NFL they don’t seem to like veterans as much as cheap rookies and that’s why the locker room is a mess and the quality of game play is so bad

  • dany

    Tomlin’s just chomping at the bit. Just say no Mike

  • Brendon Glad

    Mike Mitchell on his best day (which was last week by a mile) still is not better than Will Allen if he signed with the Steelers tomorrow. And nothing would ever convince me different, although I’d love for Mitchell to give a go at proving me wrong.
    Will Allen is one of my favorite “underrated Steelers” of all-time. In the, Justin Strelcyzk, Darren Perry, Chris Oldham, Charlie Batch way.

  • Alex Kozora

    Wheww, coming in hot, Brendon.

  • Brendon Glad

    Side note: Mitchell blocked me on twitter for saying “Day late, but thank you for finally not sucking. Best you’ve ever played by 400%. Good job. U shld try it again sometime.”
    It has nothing to do with Will Allen, but it just shows that Mitchell is weak. All he proved was that he is hyper-sensitive. And that he’s digging through his “mentions” instead of watching film.

  • Brendon Glad

    You don’t like Allen more than Mitchell? That seems pretty obvious to everyone but the Steelers brass. Ball-hawk. Playmaker.
    Granted, he plays a lot of SS…so I might have been a little off there…but with the Steelers, the Safety position is often confusing to me as to what is SS and what is FS.

  • Brendon Glad

    I love dudes who always seem to have their hands on the football…and hold on to it when they do.

  • Alex Kozora

    I think there’s a good reason for that. And I don’t think you’re in the majority you think you’re in.

    Allen had only 7 INTs in his career. Mitchell had more in 2015 than Allen did. Not sure how that makes Allen a “playmaker.”

  • Michael Mosgrove

    because allen was more dependable, didnt have all the nonsense that mitchell has, didnt get penalized as much as mitchell, and is a better man. will allen is one of the reasons i donated a huge portion of my military deployment money to charities. i’m only a couple years younger than will and ive been in the military of two countries and was awarded a purple heart for combat, and i sitll look up to the dude. dude is golden.

  • jsmitt

    Will Allen please go on with your life’s work. Dude had zero speed or COD his last 2 years here. Hopefully the Ravens or Bengals sign him so we can abuse him. Lol

  • Steel Tippin

    You’re delusional

  • Steel Tippin

    Will allen sucks…

  • Bobby hains

    Lol….

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    Did they make sure it was the right Will Allen they were talking to? 🙄

  • Alex Kozora

    I never talked about character. Allen is a great guy (I interviewed him) and has done fantastic work. That was never in dispute.

  • Brendon Glad

    Eyeball test….eyeball test….tell me Mike Mitchell passes the eyeball test better than Will Allen did.
    You really think that?
    Yes, the 7 career int # for Will Allen was a little surprising, I will admit. But all I know is this…Will Allen gets cast aside about every year for the last 4-5…and in the end, when the Steelers would “resort” to him…by the end of the year if he limped off the field I would freak out.
    With Mitchell, I don’t feel that way at all…despite his excellent game last week. He’s my least favorite Steeler of all-time by a significant margin. (And yeah, making big hits on the boundaries after 15 yard gains, then rubbing his crotch in the guy’s face as he jumps up taunting the runner is a big part of that…I HATE when he does that!)
    So maybe I’m biased. But I’d take Will Allen over him every day to this day, and after MM’s best game as a Steeler. I stand by it.
    Prove me wrong Mitch! Just don’t rub in my face please.

  • Brendon Glad

    I’m delusional about what? That Will Allen is better than Mike Mitchell? OK…I hope you are right.
    I’ve been wrong before. With the Steelers i’m right way more than I’m wrong…but it’s happened.
    I never thought Mitchell would ever be a huge part of winning a game…and he did that last week. So maybe he is on the road to not being the most infuriating Steeler I’ve ever watched.

  • Brendon Glad

    No he doesn’t.

  • Brendon Glad

    Haha… yep, the Steelers are set at Safety…no need apply. And deep too…as the backup safety proved on that fake punt last week… with that beautiful break on that bullet thrown by the Indy Punter. Nope I don’t remember his name….should I?