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hawaiiansteel
03-08-2010, 02:03 AM
rumor has it that the Steelers really like FS Will Allen (Buccaneers) and will be bringing him in for a visit next week. i'm betting he's our starting free safety next season, but i guess we'll see...he has played for Mike Tomlin before, is a special teams standout and will most likely be willing to sign for less than half of what Ryan Clark is looking for.


Will Allen - Free Safety
From Wikipedia


Personal information
Date of birth: June 17, 1982 (age 27)
Place of birth: Dayton, Ohio
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Weight: 200 lb (91 kg)

College: Ohio State
NFL Draft: 2004 / Round: 4 / Pick: 111
Debuted in 2004 for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Career history
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2004-2009)
Roster status: Unrestricted Free Agent

Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2009
Tackles 195
INTs 4

Will Allen (born June 17, 1982 in Huber Heights, Ohio) currently plays safety for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the NFL. He was selected in the fourth round of the 2004 NFL draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Allen was a four-year letterwinner for the Ohio State Buckeyes, and was a consensus first-team All-America selection in his senior year. In his first three seasons at Ohio State he played behind three-time All American Mike Doss, seeing action on the field primarily in nickel coverage on passing downs.

Allen is perhaps best remembered among college football fans for two plays made during the 2002 national championship season. The first occurred during the 2002 Ohio State-Michigan game, intercepting a pass from Michigan quarterback John Navarre during the closing seconds to preserve the 14-9 victory and an undefeated regular season. The second play was only one game later in the 2003 Fiesta Bowl for the national championship. In the second half, Allen tackled Miami running back Willis McGahee and delivered a helmet blow to his left knee. McGahee had to be helped off the field; he suffered ligament damage and was forced to miss his whole rookie year in the NFL.

Allen played in every game in his rookie year on special teams but saw increasing time as a safety in the final weeks of the season. He made his first NFL interception against the Carolina Panthers and his first touchdown in week 6 of the following season against the Miami Dolphins. He started eight games in 2005, playing at both free safety and strong safety due to injuries to Jermaine Phillips and Dexter Jackson.
Allen's most noted contribution in his young NFL career occurred against the Green Bay Packers in 2005, when he twice intercepted Packers quarterback Brett Favre in the fourth quarter. Buccaneers starting safety, Dexter Jackson, had been injured midway through the second quarter with a hamstring strain. Allen came into the game as a substitute.

Allen was the Buccaneers' special teams captain in 2008.

Allen was the first alternate for NFC Special Teams for the 2009 Pro Bowl.

Allen was resigned to a 1 year $2.35 million dollar contract on February 28, 2009.

ANPSTEEL
03-08-2010, 10:40 AM
IMO, he is a step back from Clark.

If he is signed, it is for depth - and insurance in case their primary plan does not work out.

Oviedo
03-08-2010, 11:06 AM
IMO would be a good option.

Shawn
03-08-2010, 11:59 AM
We will bring in a vet option as a back up plan. We will probably draft a FS in the first two rounds and let the vet, the rook and Mundy fight it out.

Mister Pittsburgh
03-08-2010, 01:10 PM
I think Keenan Lewis will be in the mix at FS in camp as well. Maybe Allen could compete for the starting job, and if he doesn't win he is the new Ty Carter type since he can back up FS and SS.

JUST-PLAIN-NASTY
03-08-2010, 01:11 PM
I don't know if he will start but they will bring a vet in to compete. Clark's deal with the Dolphins is done from what I am hearing. He broke off negotiations with the STeelers.

RussBII
03-08-2010, 01:18 PM
I don't know if he will start but they will bring a vet in to compete. Clark's deal with the Dolphins is done from what I am hearing. He broke off negotiations with the STeelers.

I read somewhere that he's a special teams maven as well. So even if it is for depth maybe it'll help in more than one area.

Iron Shiek
03-08-2010, 01:35 PM
Great highlight for any Buckeye fan...that is all i think of when hearing Allen's name:


Allen is perhaps best remembered among college football fans for two plays made during the 2002 national championship season. The first occurred during the 2002 Ohio State-Michigan game, intercepting a pass from Michigan quarterback John Navarre during the closing seconds to preserve the 14-9 victory and an undefeated regular season.

I wouldn't mind it simply from the "position flexibility" he provides (safety, special teams...)

BigRob
03-08-2010, 01:40 PM
Adam_Schefter

Filed to ESPN: Former Bucs S Will Allen will sign a three-year contract today with the Steelers -- all while S Ryan Clark is in Miami.

RussBII
03-08-2010, 01:55 PM
PFT has the story too.

I'm not too excited after looking at his stats:


http://www.nfl.com/players/willallen/profile?id=ALL653088

ANPSTEEL
03-08-2010, 02:19 PM
PFT has the story too.

I'm not too excited after looking at his stats:


http://www.nfl.com/players/willallen/profile?id=ALL653088


Like I suggested- I don't imagine they are bringing him in to start.

He can compete- and potentially fill in, if need be, but he is not going to be the long term solution.

hawaiiansteel
03-08-2010, 02:42 PM
I think Will Allen will contribute immediately on special teams and will be given every chance to compete for the starting FS position against Mundy and a rookie draft choice.


Steelers | W. Allen to sign three-year deal

Mon, 08 Mar 2010

Updating a previous item, Adam Schefter, of ESPN, reports via Twitter that free-agent SS Will Allen (Buccaneers) will sign a three-year contract Monday, March 8, with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

JUST-PLAIN-NASTY
03-08-2010, 03:22 PM
Don't forget guys...Clark came here after playing for 2 teams and suddenly became a player. Allen has an extra 2 years under his belt before his signing with the Steelers. But Clarks had 28 starts, 161 TT, & 3 INTS before he signed with the Steelers. Allen has 26 starts, 195 TT, & 4 INTS. So we are getting some experience. I don't think he will be handed the starting job. I'm just excited because he is an upgrade over Carter...Thank God!!!

hawaiiansteel
03-08-2010, 03:24 PM
Don't forget guys...Clark came here after playing for 2 teams and suddenly became a player. Allen has an extra 2 years under his belt before his signing with the Steelers. But Clarks had 28 starts, 161 TT, & 3 INTS before he signed with the Steelers. Allen has 26 starts, 195 TT, & 4 INTS. So we are getting some experience. I don't think he will be handed the starting job. I'm just excited because he is an upgrade over Carter...Thank God!!!



who isn't an upgrade over Tyrone Carter? :roll:

SteelerOfDeVille
03-08-2010, 04:10 PM
I hope he's a stop-gap to give Earl Thomas time to grow....

SteelerOfDeVille
03-08-2010, 04:11 PM
I think Will Allen will contribute immediately on special teams and will be given every chance to compete for the starting FS position against Mundy and a rookie draft choice.
what he said.

MaxAMillion
03-08-2010, 05:03 PM
Don't forget guys...Clark came here after playing for 2 teams and suddenly became a player. Allen has an extra 2 years under his belt before his signing with the Steelers. But Clarks had 28 starts, 161 TT, & 3 INTS before he signed with the Steelers. Allen has 26 starts, 195 TT, & 4 INTS. So we are getting some experience. I don't think he will be handed the starting job. I'm just excited because he is an upgrade over Carter...Thank God!!!



who isn't an upgrade over Tyrone Carter? :roll:


Absolutely, I look at this as an upgrade over Carter if nothing else.

hawaiiansteel
03-08-2010, 05:34 PM
Don't forget guys...Clark came here after playing for 2 teams and suddenly became a player. Allen has an extra 2 years under his belt before his signing with the Steelers. But Clarks had 28 starts, 161 TT, & 3 INTS before he signed with the Steelers. Allen has 26 starts, 195 TT, & 4 INTS. So we are getting some experience. I don't think he will be handed the starting job. I'm just excited because he is an upgrade over Carter...Thank God!!!



who isn't an upgrade over Tyrone Carter? :roll:


Absolutely, I look at this as an upgrade over Carter if nothing else.


he can't be worse.

but i think where Allen will really help us a lot is on KO return teams, that was a huge team weakness that may have cost us a couple of games last year.

Chadman
03-08-2010, 06:06 PM
Prtty sure when Ryan Clark was brought over most on here were not that excited by the prospect.

Allen is a younger version of Clark, and one that has worked in Tomlin's defense before.

Chadman will say it right now- the FS job is his to lose.

Mister Pittsburgh
03-08-2010, 08:06 PM
I saw in another thread that it was reported that the Steelers & Ryan Clark came to terms. Did we sign Clark back and Will Allen to replace Ty Carter????? If both of those are true, I am pretty stoked up about those signings.

NW Steeler
03-08-2010, 08:18 PM
Prtty sure when Ryan Clark was brought over most on here were not that excited by the prospect.

Allen is a younger version of Clark, and one that has worked in Tomlin's defense before.

Chadman will say it right now- the FS job is his to lose.

Apparently he has already lost it!

hawaiiansteel
03-08-2010, 08:25 PM
Prtty sure when Ryan Clark was brought over most on here were not that excited by the prospect.

Allen is a younger version of Clark, and one that has worked in Tomlin's defense before.

Chadman will say it right now- the FS job is his to lose.



correction: the FS job is now Ryan Clark's to lose...

steelblood
03-08-2010, 08:44 PM
Prtty sure when Ryan Clark was brought over most on here were not that excited by the prospect.

Allen is a younger version of Clark, and one that has worked in Tomlin's defense before.

Chadman will say it right now- the FS job is his to lose.

Apparently he has already lost it!

Exactly. Will Allen replaces Tyrone Carter.

I'm a little disappointed we won't be looking at Earl Thomas or Chad Jones. But, I like Clark as a person and a player.

hawaiiansteel
03-08-2010, 08:52 PM
Prtty sure when Ryan Clark was brought over most on here were not that excited by the prospect.

Allen is a younger version of Clark, and one that has worked in Tomlin's defense before.

Chadman will say it right now- the FS job is his to lose.

Apparently he has already lost it!

Exactly. Will Allen replaces Tyrone Carter.

I'm a little disappointed we won't be looking at Earl Thomas or Chad Jones. But, I like Clark as a person and a player.


I'm not disappointed at all, maybe we can now use that pick to select a good CB to challenge Gay or an ILB to eventually replace Farrior. :tt1

NW Steeler
03-08-2010, 08:56 PM
I'm not disappointed at all, maybe we can now use that pick to select a good CB to challenge Gay or an ILB to eventually replace Farrior. :tt1

Why do we need another ILB when the best one we have (Fox) rots on the bench??

:wink:

Lebsteel
03-08-2010, 10:30 PM
Prtty sure when Ryan Clark was brought over most on here were not that excited by the prospect.

Allen is a younger version of Clark, and one that has worked in Tomlin's defense before.

Chadman will say it right now- the FS job is his to lose.

Apparently he has already lost it!

Exactly. Will Allen replaces Tyrone Carter.

I'm a little disappointed we won't be looking at Earl Thomas or Chad Jones. But, I like Clark as a person and a player.


I'm not disappointed at all, maybe we can now use that pick to select a good CB to challenge Gay or an ILB to eventually replace Farrior. :tt1
Remember that Earl Thomas is better suited to play cornerback than safety, so he could still be considered with our first pick. NFLDraftScout.com has him rated as the 2nd best CB.

Chadman
03-08-2010, 10:31 PM
Prtty sure when Ryan Clark was brought over most on here were not that excited by the prospect.

Allen is a younger version of Clark, and one that has worked in Tomlin's defense before.

Chadman will say it right now- the FS job is his to lose.

Apparently he has already lost it!

Well....that was quick!

:D