The Pittsburgh Steelers placed cornerback Cortez Allen on the Reserve/Injured list Saturday and that now makes two seasons in a row that he’s landed there.
Allen, who signed a four year contract extension worth $24.6 million with the Steelers on September 6, 2014, appeared in just 11 games last season before being shut down for the year. He’s only managed to start 18 games since he was drafted in the fourth round of the 2011 NFL Draft.
The Steelers drafted Senquez Golson this year in the second round but his rookie season was wiped out by a shoulder injury. The team also signed former fourth-round draft pick Ross Cockrell and he looks to be a starter down the road. He will be easily retained after the season as an exclusive rights free agent.
As for the other cornerbacks currently on the roster, William Gay, Antwon Blake and Brandon Boykin will all be unrestricted free agents at the conclusion of the season. The team also currently has rookie Doran Grant signed to their practice squad. Grant was drafted this year in the fourth-round out of Ohio State.
Should the Steelers decide to move on from Allen after the 2015 season, they will save $1,700,000 in 2016 cap space if they part ways with him prior to June 1.