The Pittsburgh Steelers have re-signed yet another one of their restricted free agents as veteran safety Will Allen has agreed to a one-year contract, according to the league’s official Friday transaction sheet.
Allen, who will turn 33 in June, started four games for the Steelers last season and played just over 300 snaps on defense. Allen finished the season with 36 total tackles and one forced fumble.
Allen’s signing is not surprising as the team needs veteran depth behind starters Mike Mitchell and Shamarko Thomas now that Troy Polamalu has decided that he will retire.
Allen has long been one of the favorite players of Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin.
Allen’s deal is for the veteran league minimum and it is believed that he received an $80,000 signing bonus. The Ohio State product was originally drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the fourth-round of the 2004 NFL Draft. In addition to the Buccaneers and the Steelers, Allen also played briefly with the Dallas Cowboys in 2013.