He was, however, a witness at the Steelers' practice facility Wednesday, according to Tribune-Review reporter Mark Kaboly. The Cowboys released Allen Tuesday, fresh off a defensive meltdown against Denver, and he didn't take long to head back to Pittsburgh.
Will Allen working out w Steelers as we tweet. Will Gay ran 1st team RCB today. Cortez Allen practiced as nickel bc of "injury issues." ???— James C Wexell (@jimwexell) October 9, 2013
Maybe Allen is just saying hi, and having a workout. Teams will let guys they know use their facilities in such a fashion. Maybe his versatility as a sub safety and special teams player out-weighs the same values brought by DaMon Cromartie-Smith, and the Steelers are looking to ink a deal for Allen's services the remainder of the year.
It might appear more is behind this, but it's less likely it's anything more than just letting him use an NFL-level weight room while he waits to get another job. It seems a tad ridiculous to think he's somehow running espionage missions for the New York Jets - the Steelers' Week 6 opponents - but can you really (really) trust Rex Ryan?
At the same time, if the Steelers wanted to keep Allen for this season, perhaps they would have offered him a contract this offseason.
The Steelers signed back Stevenson Sylvester Wednesday as well, releasing Kion Wilson, and benched two starters, so clearly, they've shown the guys who started 0-4 aren't necessarily their guys for the next 12 games.
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