His Lone Star experiment firmly behind him, former Ohio State standout safety Will Allen has been re-signed by the Pittsburgh From Steelers.com:
Allen spent the last three seasons with the Steelers, but signed with the Dallas Cowboys this offseason as a free agent. Allen started the first two games of the season for the Cowboys, posting nine tackles through five games and one interception.
“I am very grateful to be back,” said Allen. “It was tough to leave. I am grateful to come back and be around such a wonderful group of people. That’s what it’s about.”
Allen, in his 10th NFL season, is hoping to bring something to the table as the team searches for their first win of the season this week against the New York Jets.
“I want to bring some experience to a young group of special teams guys and help on the secondary when need be,” said Allen. “I don’t know if I am the answer, but I just want to contribute and give the best effort I can.”
Allen was a four-year letterman for Jim Tressel's Buckeyes from 2000 to 2003. As a senior in 2003, he was a consensus first-team All-America selection, having spent his first three seasons playing behind three-time All American Mike Doss, seeing action on the field primarily in nickel coverage on passing downs. Allen was known for his heroics at Michigan and versus Miami in the Fiesta Bowl contest that brought home OSU's seventh National Championship.
The OSU fan fave wasn't unemployed for long. The Cowboys released Allen Tuesday; he lost his starting spot on the team to rookie J.J. Wilcox despite having been credited with 17 tackles, two pass deflections and an interception in the team's opener against the Giants.