The Pittsburgh Steelers are looking to lock up a core member of their secondary, reports Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The team is working on signing cornerback Cortez Allen to a contract extension before the end of the preseason.
The 25-year-old Allen is entering his fourth season with the Steelers. Last year he recorded 51 tackles, defended 13 passes and intercepted two more, returning one for a touchdown. In 2012, he defended 10 passes, forced three fumbles and had two interceptions. He was a fourth-round pick out of The Citadel in the 2011 draft.
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Allen would be the second Steeler to sign a contract extension this preseason. The team locked up tackle Marcus Gilbert to a five-year, $30 million deal on Tuesday. Earlier this offseason, the Steelers signed center Maurkice Pouncey to a five-year extension as well.
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