When looking at the Pittsburgh Steelers free agent situation heading into the new league year, the team would have some decisions to make in the secondary, especially at the safety position. Robert Golden and Will Allen, both set to become free agents on March 9th at 4 p.m. EDT, could leave for new scenery leaving the team with just Mike Mitchell and Shamarko Thomas left on the roster at the safety position.
This clearly wasn't what the team thought would give them the best chance to succeed, and they likely had to make a choice between the veteran Allen, or the younger, but less experienced, Golden.
The team made their choice when signing Golden to a new 3-year contract on Monday, and all signs point to the news being the end of the road, at least in Pittsburgh, for Allen.
Steelers re-sign S Robert Golden to three-year deal. They are not expected to re-sign Will Allen.— Gerry Dulac (@gerrydulac) March 7, 2016
The Steelers, and the fan base, should be extremely appreciative of Allen's efforts, but also the performance he put on the field in 2015 at that stage of his career. The 13-year veteran spent his first 6 years with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, many of those with Mike Tomlin as his secondary coach, before coming to Pittsburgh in 2010. He played three years with the Steelers before going to the Dallas Cowboys, who would release him in 2013, only to be re-signed by Pittsburgh midway through the year. He would stay, and contribute, with the Steelers through the 2015 season.
If this is the end of the road for Allen, he had a very productive career, and stepped up in the absence of Troy Polamalu to play a solid brand of football alongside Mike Mitchell in 2015. The Steelers choosing to go with the younger, more athletic and more versatile player should shock no one, and if Allen goes unclaimed throughout free agency and the Steelers have an injury at safety, his phone just might be ringing with a 412 area code.