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Steelers Dump Cornerback Cortez Allen

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Steeler fans who have been riding the team for over a year to dump corner Cortez Allen got their wish on Friday, as the team bid so long to the often overmatched corner.

The Beaver County Times reports that the move does seem somewhat odd considering what it cost the black and gold to cut Allen now, instead of waiting.

While the timing is a little odd — the move frees a reported $1.175 million of cap space, instead of $4.4 million had Allen been given a post-June 1 release — the result hardly was a surprise. Since signing a four-year, $24.6 million contract on the eve of the 2014 season, Allen’s career has taken a precipitous fall from grace.

Allen started the first seven games of 2014 but his season and career was effectively derailed by ineffective play and a lack of confidence as much as a knee injury.

Still just 27 years old, Allen really never rounded out into the player the Steelers paid for after being a fourth-round pick of the team back in 2011.

His Steelers career ends with six interceptions in 18 starts.

Matt Loede has been in the sports media for over 16 years, with experience covering the MLB, NBA, and NFL. On Sunday’s during football season, you can hear Matt on national networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and others. Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, Matt studies and talks football inside and out, and is anxious to share his thoughts and comments with readers on a daily basis.

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. DrGeorge

    April 16, 2016 at 10:38 am

    The Beaver County Times is right about the timing of this move; financially, it would have been better to wait until June 2. But the Steelers knew this, and we don’t know what transpired during the negotiations. No doubt Colbert and Tomlin had good reasons for cutting him now.

    What is less apparent is why it took this long. Cortez Allen was given every chance to succeed, and he simply never got his act together. Perhaps Golson’s injury had something to do with the delay. On the other hand, Tomlin has shown a tendency over the years to hang onto his bad picks too long. He simply hates to admit he was wrong. This looks to me like one more example of his inability to cut his losses early and move on.

  2. DaveB.

    April 16, 2016 at 7:50 pm

    A bad pick from day one . The kid showed early flashes and then completely disappeared . Tomlin should have cut his losses a year ago when the kid was benched yet again . As Dr. George stated , Tomlin doesnt like to admit he and the braintrust , made a mistake .

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