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Old 03-08-2010, 11:06 AM   #1
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Steelers talking to Tampa Bay safety
Monday, March 08, 2010
By Gerry Dulac, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Looking for help to possibly replace Ryan Clark, the Steelers have brought in Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Will Allen and are visiting with him today at the team's South Side facility.

Allen, 27, joins San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Arnaz Battle as the first two unrestricted free agents being entertained today by the Steelers.

Allen, a former special teams captain for the Buccaneers, played in only eight games last season after being placed on injured reserve with a thumb injury. He was a fourth-round draft choice out of Ohio State in 2004 who has four interceptions in 84 career games.

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Do you guys see him as a starter or a backup for Troy? I dont know much about him, but he just doesnt sound like a starter to me, but i could be wrong.
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Old 03-08-2010, 11:18 AM   #2
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Im getting tired of dealing with Tampa, San fran.....the FO better be targeting Thomas.


We need playmakers, not just fill in guys who will only be exposed when/if Troy goes down
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Old 03-08-2010, 11:39 AM   #3
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Schefter from ESPN just tweeted that we're signing Allen.

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well i guess we now can kinda see we are not gonna draft thomas in the first, but who knows lol
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haha should have looked here b4 posting my thread.

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Hopefully Allen can make a difference, he's younger, but stats wise he is nothing compared to Clark...
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I still wouldnt rule out Clark coming back (though it is looking more bleak) or us drafting a safety. Remember we didnt sign Carter back either...so technically we need a backup and a starter.
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haha should have looked here b4 posting my thread.


Duh haha, jk. I'm sure the mods will just combine both threads. No biggie.
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well i guess we now can kinda see we are not gonna draft thomas in the first, but who knows lol
I wouldnt bet on that....here is what I was saying in the other thread.


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Once Allen was on our radar, I was thinking that he would be the perfect replacement for Clark and his signing would be more evidence that we will pick up a young FS in the first couple of rounds of the draft.

Allen is a stop-gap starter at Safety (though better than anything that we fielded after Troy went down) and has added value as a FANTASTIC special teams player. He is exactly the type of player that we would sign if we were going to groom a young starter.

He can start for us immediately, but retain value as a backup and ST ace when a young prospect like Earl Thomas or Nate Allen learn the defense and is ready to take over.
If we dont draft Thomas...I think we will targe a FS in the 2nd round.
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I wouldnt bet on that....here is what I was saying in the other thread.

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He can start for us immediately, but retain value as a backup and ST ace when a young prospect like Earl Thomas or Nate Allen learn the defense and is ready to take over.

If we dont draft Thomas...I think we will targe a FS in the 2nd round.
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