The Pittsburgh Steelers and cornerback Cortez Allen have agreed to a five-year contract extension that will keep Allen in Pittsburgh through the 2018 season, the team announced Saturday night.

By SI Wire
September 06, 2014

The Pittsburgh Steelers and cornerback Cortez Allen have agreed to a new five-year contract that will keep Allen in Pittsburgh through the 2018 season, the team announced Saturday night.

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports the deal is for five years and about $26 million. Before his new deal, Allen was set to make about $1.43 million this season and become a free agent at the season's end. Extending his deal had been a priority for the Steelers.

With 34-year-old Ike Taylor heading toward the end of his career, the 25-year-old Allen will become the top shutdown corner in Pittsburgh. Allen, a fourth-year player out of The Citadel, started eight games last season. He amassed 51 tackles and two interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown. 

The Steelers open their 2014 season at home Sunday against the rival Cleveland Browns

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-Brett LoGiurato

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