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Cortez Allen | Defensive Back | #28

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (27) / 10/29/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 196
College: Citadel
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 4 (128) / PIT
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Steelers released CB Cortez Allen.
The Steelers are finally admitting defeat after signing Allen to a ludicrous five-year, $26 million extension in 2014. Allen missed all but one game last season while battling knee issues and struggled mightily the year before. Cutting Allen saves the Steelers $1.7 million in cap space. With Allen and Antwon Blake out of the picture, Ross Cockrell will move into a starting role opposite William Gay. Apr 15 - 4:17 PM

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Steelers GM Kevin Colbert was non-committal on the future of CB Cortez Allen (knee).

"Well, right now, he's still part of the plan because he's under contract," Colbert said. "Is he healthy? We're not sure at this point. We'll determine that a little further down the line. He has a little more time to prove his readiness one way or another." Allen finished last season on injured reserve with a knee injury, but he is expected to be ready for the offseason program. Pittsburgh does not have much depth at corner, but Allen is not worth his $5.75 million cap hit. The Steelers can save $4.4 million against the cap by designating Allen a post-June 1 cut.
Mar 21 - 10:34 AM

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette expects the Steelers to release CB Cortez Allen.

Longtime reporter Ed Bouchette believes Allen's five-year, $26 million deal will go down as "one of the worst big-money contracts in Steelers history." Cutting Allen will create $4.4 million in cap space if he's designated as a post-June 1 release. Going on 28, Allen is recovering from a knee injury that limited him to one appearance in 2015. Allen was arguably the league's worst corner in 2014.
Jan 24 - 1:57 PM

ESPN's Jeremy Fowler believes Steelers CB Cortez Allen could be a cap cut this offseason.

Owed $4.4 million with a cap hit of $5.75 million, Allen was limited to one game by a knee injury in 2015 and was routinely roasted in 11 healthy games two seasons ago. The Steelers would save $4.4 million against the cap by making Allen a post-June 1 cut.
Source: ESPN
Jan 21 - 11:03 AM

Steelers placed CB Cortez Allen (knee) on injured reserve, ending his season.

Allen missed the last five games and wasn't close to returning. The Steelers will continue to go with Antwon Blake, William Gay, and Ross Cockrell as their top corners. Owed $5.75 million in 2016, Allen is a candidate for offseason release.
Sat, Oct 24, 2015 04:05:00 PM

Steelers declared CB Cortez Allen, QB Ben Roethlisberger, TE Matt Spaeth, TE Jesse James, ILB Ryan Shazier, NT Daniel McCullers and OLB Anthony Chickillo inactive for Week 4 against the Ravens.

Allen remains week to week with a knee injury. It boosts an already mouthwatering matchup for Ravens QB Joe Flacco.
Thu, Oct 1, 2015 07:07:00 PM

Steelers CB Cortez Allen (knee) is inactive for Week 3 against the Rams.

It's a slight boost for the Rams' passing attack against the Steelers' already awful secondary. Also inactive for the Steelers are QB Landry Jones, ILB Ryan Shazier, NT Dan McCullers, OG Chris Hubbard, TE Jesse James and DE Caushaud Lyons.
Sun, Sep 27, 2015 11:36:00 AM

Steelers CB Cortez Allen (knee) is questionable for Week 2 against the 49ers.

Allen was limited on Thursday and Friday. The Steelers will likely go with Brandon Boykin in the slot if Allen doesn't play, with Antwon Blake remaining outside.
Sat, Sep 19, 2015 07:08:00 PM

Steelers LCB Cortez Allen is expected to regain his starting job this season.

Fantasy owners, rejoice. Allen was one of the worst corners in the NFL before a thumb injury mercifully ended his 2014 campaign. With special teamer Shamarko Thomas replacing Troy Polamalu and Mike Mitchell coming off a bad year at free safety, Pittsburgh may field the league's poorest secondary this season.
Wed, Jun 10, 2015 12:16:00 AM

Steelers placed CB Cortez Allen (thumb) on injured reserve, ending his season.

Allen will be shut down after having thumb surgery last week. Signed to a five-year, $26 million extension in September, Allen was among the worst corners in the league this year. He had been limited to special teams since getting benched in Week 7. Allen is due a $3 million roster bonus in 2015 and could be a candidate for a post-June 1 cut.
Sat, Dec 6, 2014 04:18:00 PM

Steelers CB Cortez Allen broke his thumb at practice and had it surgically-repaired Tuesday.

Allen could play through the injury, but the Steelers won't miss him if he doesn't. Since getting benched, the $26M man has played almost exclusively on special teams.
Tue, Nov 25, 2014 12:10:00 PM

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.
Fri, Oct 17, 2014 11:00:00 AM

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.
Sat, Sep 6, 2014 08:28:00 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.
Thu, Aug 21, 2014 04:52:00 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.
Sat, Jul 26, 2014 10:33:00 PM

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