CB Allen Released by Pittsburgh
The Pittsburgh Steelers announced the release of cornerback, Cortez Allen. Something that most have us has seen coming since the injury bug began plaguing him back in 2014
Allen who entered the NFL as a fourth-round draft pick, the 128th pick overall by the Steelers in 2011. Since being drafted he has appeared in 56 career regular-season games..18 of those starts and totaled 150 tackles..25 solo.. 34 passes defensed and six interceptions.
The move comes just two years after the Steelers signed Allen to an extension, adding 4 years and $24.6 million to his rookie contract. Allen was given the extension because before the 2014 season he played a huge role in the Steelers defense during his first three years with the team.
Mike Tomlin didn’t sound optimistic about bringing Allen back when the subject came up in January, and general manager Kevin Colbert sounded even less optimistic in March.
“Prior to him getting injured with the knee and the thumb, Cortez did some good things when he was younger,” Colbert said, “His production per snap was really, it was impressive and that’s why we signed him to the deal we did. Unfortunately for him and us, it just hasn’t matched up.”
The Steelers will take a $4.05 million dead cap hit for cutting Allen. However, that number can go down to $1.35 million in 2016 if Allen is designated a post-June 1 cut. That tag would allow the Steelers to spread the rest of his dead money out over the remaining years of his contract.
The release of Allen all but solidifies the Steelers looking to use their 25th pick in the upcoming NFL Draft on the corner position. A position where myself as well as draft experts seeing filled by either Eli Apple or Mackensie Alexander..I am going for the latter. #HereWeGo