Allen is likely to test the free agent market, according to ESPN writer Jeremy Fowler. Recognizing the need to improve their defensive backfield, Pittsburh needs to determine if Allen, who will be 34 before the start of the season, fits in their plans. Despite setting single season career highs in tackles and passes defended in 2015, Allen could find himself on the open market where, considering his age, is unlikely to receive anything more than one year offers. Still, regarrdless of the team, if he is on the field Allen is a respectable IDP option.
Allen recorded six tackles (all solo) in Pittsburgh's loss to Denver on Sunday. Allen finished the season with 80 tackles (62 solo), including four sacks. He also had an interception and two forced fumbles. Allen, who is an unrestricted free agent, saw his playing time more than double from last season, and it was reflected in his production. He set single season career highs in tackles and passes defended (eight), and the four sacks, his first in 12 years in the league, were the second most by a defensive back (Ron Parker, KC, five) in 2016. Whether or not he returns to Pittsburgh, Allen is worthy of IDP consideration.
Allen totaled seven tackles (all solo), including a sack in Pittsburgh's win over Cleveland on Sunday. After failing to record a sack in his first 11 seasons in the NFL, Allen became the first Steelers defensive back with four sacks in a season since 2004 (Deshea Townsend) when he brought down Austin Davis in the first quarter of Pittsburgh's 28-12 win.
Allen (not injury related) is active for Sunday's game at Baltimore. Allen only has one interception on the season, but he is among the team leaders in total tackles and is available for IDP consideration today.
Allen totaled five tackles (all solo) including a sack in the Steelers' win over the Bengals on Sunday. Allen recorded a sack for his second straight game, and now has three thru 10 games after failing to have one in his previous 11 seasons. Pittsburgh already has 38 sacks this season, their most since 2012.