Steelers lose veteran S Will Allen to Cowboys
Will Allen is the second Pittsburgh Steelers backup safety who signed elsewhere this offseason. Last week four-year veteran Ryan Mundy landed with the New York Giants.
The 30-year-old Will Allen visited the Dallas Cowboys on Monday along with free agent linebacker Justin Durant, who was also signed today. Both could turn out to be starters in Dallas next season. Justin Durant started 14 games last season with the Detroit Lions, while leading the team second with 103 tackles. He will have a chance to compete for the strong-side outside linebacker spot. Meanwhile Will Allen could compete for the starting safety position. He started seven of 16 games for the Pittsburgh Steelers last season with Troy Polamalu injured. Will Allen finished with 34 tackles, three passes defensed and a forced fumble in 2012.
The two signings were possible after the Dallas Cowboys made a series of moves to make space under the salary cap. The Dallas Cowboys restructured the contract of quarterback Kyle Orton while parting ways with wide receiver Anthony Amrstrong.
Will Allen had agreed in principle with the Dallas Cowboys this morning but was waiting for them to clear cap space to make the contract signing possible.
The Dallas Cowboys are expected to clear more cap space by reworking the deals of quarterback Tony Romo and outside linebacker Anthony Spencer. The team is in talks with the representation of both players.
ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reported that the Dallas Cowboys could also restructure the contract offensive linesman Doug Free.
Will Allen spent the past three seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, mostly contributing on the special teams although his performance while filling in for Troy Polamalu did generate some interest in free agency.
The Pittsburgh Steelers could address the safety spot in next month’s draft, with their 2012 starters nearing retirement and after both of their 2012 reserves landed with new teams.
The Pittsburgh Steelers hosted former New York Giants halfback Ahmad Bradshaw as he underwent a physical with the team today. The 27-year-old Ahmad Bradshaw is coming off surgery on his fractured right foot, and had the walking boot removed juts last week.