- According to Bouchette, the previous contract has been torn up as Pittsburgh doesn’t negotiate “extensions.”
- According to Rapoport, Allen receives a four-year extension worth more than $26 million.
- Brian McIntyre notes that Allen’s $6.5 million average salary in his new extension is slightly higher than what Alterraun Verner received from the Buccaneers during the offseason.
Recent reports indicated that the two sides were trying to get an agreement in place before the start of the season.
Pittsburgh’s known for not negotiating contracts once the season gets underway, so it appears as though it came down to the final hour as their first game is tomorrow.
The Steelers needed to lock up one of their best young players and prevent him from testing the open market next year.
Allen, 25, was entering the final year of his rookie contract and is set to make $645,000 for the upcoming season.
Last year, he appeared in 14 games for Pittsburgh and recorded 51 tackles, two interceptions, 13 pass defenses and a defensive touchdown.