Steelers CB Cortez Allen (#28, far right) has been one of the young bright spots on a fairly old Steelers defense.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have reached a deal with CB Cortez Allen for a 4-year contract extension worth approximately $26 million, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reported Saturday evening.
Allen started 8 games in 2013 and recorded over 50 tackles and and 2 INTs, one of which he returned for a TD. He has played in 44 out of 48 games since being drafted by the Steelers in the 4th round of the draft in 2011. Allen has started only 11 of those games in his career but recorded a total of 4 INTs, 121 tackles, 3 forced fumbles and 23 passes defended – mostly in the last two years.
The Steelers have one of the oldest secondaries in the league with Safety Troy Polamalu (33) and CB Ike Taylor (34) slated to start the season. Allen, at age 25, brings some stability to the position for the next few years in the event Polamalu or Taylor decide to retire any time soon.