The Steelers signed cornerback Cortez Allen to a five-year, $25 million dollar contract on the eve of the season opener. Seven weeks later, they have benched him and will start free-agent signing Brice McCain Monday night against the Houston Texans.
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Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau all but says Brice McCain will start over Cortez Allen at CB on Monday.
McCain was signed to a one-year, $730,000 contract in the spring after spending his first five seasons with the Texans. Allen earned the starting job coming out of training camp last year and missed consecutive games after injuring his ankle in the opener. After he came back from the injury, he started against the Minnesota Vikings and New York Jets before coming off the bench six of the next seven games. He then regained his starting job for the final four games.
The Steelers defensive coordinator is not ready to give up on him yet, but did the Steelers make a mistake?
“He’s still basically a young player,” defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau said. “He’s at a difficult position. Sometimes, there are ups and downs out there. I have great confidence that he’ll fight himself through this and be a very strong player.”
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