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Cortez Allen | Defensive Back

Team: Pittsburgh Steelers
Age / DOB:  (26) / 10/29/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 196
College: Citadel
Contract: view contract details

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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. Oct 1 - 7:07 PM

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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.
Sep 27 - 11:36 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.
Sep 19 - 7:08 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.
Jun 10 - 12:16 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

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.
Sat, Jun 28, 2014 12:54:00 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.
Sat, May 31, 2014 09:29:00 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.
Mon, Feb 10, 2014 05:40:00 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

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