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Cortez Allen | Defensive Back

Team: Pittsburgh Steelers
Age / DOB:  (25) / 10/29/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 196
College: Citadel
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The Steelers have benched LCB Cortez Allen.
Fresh off inking a five-year, $26 million extension in early September, Allen has graded out as Pro Football Focus' worst cornerback out of 103 qualifiers. He's taken seven penalties, missed seven tackles, and allowed three touchdowns. Brice McCain will get the start opposite William Gay, who's in the lineup for Ike Taylor (forearm). Fire up Andre Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins on Monday. Oct 17 - 11:00 AM

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Steelers signed CB Cortez Allen to a five-year contract with a base value of more than $26 million.

The Steelers don't do extensions, so it's an entirely new contract. Allen, 25, was entering the final year of his rookie deal. Pittsburgh's No. 1 corner, Allen had 51 tackles and two interceptions in 14 games last year, receiving positive marks against the run and in pass coverage. The Steelers have now locked him up through the 2018 season.
Sep 6 - 8:28 PM

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports the Steelers are still working on an extension with walk-year CB Cortez Allen.

The Steelers' No. 1 corner is making just $645,000 in the final year of his rookie contract. Although the cornerback market has been deflated in recent years, it would behoove the Steelers to get something done now instead of waiting until next offseason, where they could be cornered into using the franchise tag.
Aug 21 - 4:52 PM

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review expects LCB Cortez Allen to get a contract extension before the start of the season.

The Steelers want to address their expiring contracts before focusing on a new deal for Ben Roethlisberger. Allen is making $645,000 in the final year of his rookie deal and will be their top priority. Other candidates set to become free agents are OT Marcus Gilbert and transition-tagged OLB Jason Worilds. Pittsburgh has $6.37 million in 2014 cap space.
Jul 26 - 10:33 PM

ESPN Steelers reporter Scott Brown believes LCB Cortez Allen will get a new contract.

Set to make just $645,000 in the final year of his contract, Allen is a prime extension candidate as the only long-term solution at cornerback on Pittsburgh's roster. Brown believes the two sides should be able to work out a deal. Allen turns 26 in October.
Jun 28 - 12:54 PM

Steelers LCB Cortez Allen is a candidate for a contract extension.

Allen had a breakout year in 2013 and is expected to be in the Steelers' long-term plans. He graded out as a top-40 corner by Pro Football Focus, receiving positive marks against the run and in pass coverage. Allen doesn't turn 26 until October. He's set to make just $645,000 in the final year of his contract.
May 31 - 9:29 PM

Steelers LCB Cortez Allen is hoping the team allows him to shadow opposing No. 1 wide receivers in 2014.

It'd be a nice notch on Allen's belt entering a contract year. "Of course," he said. "I’ve always liked to challenge myself. I’ve always wanted that challenge just to see how I match up. And it’s always fun to go against talent like that." Allen outplayed Ike Taylor in 2013, but probably hasn't performed to the level that would garner shadow-corner consideration from coordinator Dick LeBeau.
Feb 10 - 5:40 PM

Steelers LCB Cortez Allen (ankle) has been ruled out for Monday night's Week 2 game against the Bengals.

Allen didn't practice all week and remains day to day. Curtis Brown (illness) is also not expected to play and listed as doubtful. William Gay will start at left cornerback, with rookie SS Shamarko Thomas moving into the slot in nickel packages.
Sat, Sep 14, 2013 01:26:00 PM

Steelers LCB Cortez Allen (ankle) remained out of practice Friday.

Allen hasn't practiced all week and is doubtful for Monday night against the Bengals. The Steelers are currently using rookie SS Shamarko Thomas as their No. 3 corner in nickel packages.
Fri, Sep 13, 2013 06:17:00 PM

Steelers LCB Cortez Allen has resumed practicing in training camp.

Allen underwent "minor" surgery on his right knee two weeks ago. He recovered on schedule. Allen flashed big-time ability as mostly a sub-package player in 2012 and will be Pittsburgh's full-time left cornerback this season.
Sun, Aug 18, 2013 05:51:00 PM

Steelers LCB Cortez Allen will miss at least "a couple of weeks" after undergoing "minor" surgery on his right knee.

"This surgery was a minor procedure and will have no long-term effects on his return," coach Mike Tomlin said. "We look forward to his (rehab) process and having him back on the field in a couple of weeks." Knee scopes typically cost players 2-4 weeks, although everyone recovers from them differently and players are susceptible to setbacks afterwards. Allen is being counted on for a huge role, replacing FA loss Keenan Lewis at left corner.
Fri, Aug 2, 2013 01:27:00 PM

The Steelers plan to use LCB Cortez Allen in the slot on nickel downs, and bring in William Gay to man the outside opposite Ike Taylor.

Per reporter Mark Kaboly, the Steelers believe Allen has enough speed to cover outside receivers, and the size to cover tight ends. A 2011 fourth-rounder, Allen stands in at 6-foot-1, 196 pounds with 4.51 wheels. He's taking Keenan Lewis' spot in the starting lineup at left corner. Allen played 563 snaps last season, grading out positively in Pro Football Focus' ratings.
Wed, May 22, 2013 01:33:00 PM

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Steelers have "high hopes" for CB Cortez Allen, and believe he "(may) even surpass" the play of Keenan Lewis.

Lewis departed in March to sign a five-year, $26 million deal with the Saints. Allen offers better playmaking ability, length, and speed than Lewis and the Steelers have always been believers of replacing -- often upgrading -- from within. Only 24, Allen is coming off a season where he notched two picks and three forced fumbles in just 563 snaps. He's going to start at left corner.
Mon, Apr 8, 2013 08:48:00 AM

The Steelers are expected to turn to Cortez Allen as their starting left corner if Keenan Lewis walks in free agency.

ESPN AFC North blogger Jamison Hensley considers Lewis "difficult" for the Steelers to retain because they're tight up against the cap and he's a "rising player at a coveted position." Allen appeared in all 15 games last season, starting three and forcing five turnovers (three forced fumbles, two interceptions).
Fri, Feb 8, 2013 05:48:00 PM

Steelers projected starting CBs Cortez Allen and Keenan Lewis are both nursing hip flexor injuries this week.

The matchup for the Cowboys passing game keeps getting better. While Lewis is expected to play Sunday, Allen's status is in question. Third cornerback Curtis Brown was benched for ineffectiveness last week after getting toasted by Bolts slot receiver Michael Spurlock.
Tue, Dec 11, 2012 03:18:00 PM

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