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October 08, 2013

Free agent safety pickup Will Allen was benched after week two; released after week five

The Cowboys signed ten-year veteran Will Allen in the off season to give them some insurance at free safety in case their young players like Matt Johnson and J.J. Wilcox didn't develop.

Allen won the starting job in training camp because Johnson was injured again and Wilcox missed time because of the death of his mother.

But two weeks into the season, Allen was benched in favor of the more athletic Wilcox and now he has been cut.

The Cowboys announced the move on Tuesday.

One thing at issue for the Cowboys with Allen is that once he was removed from the starting lineup they needed him to be a factor on special teams. He wasn't and had no chance to be at this point in his career.

He also wasn't the reason the defense has given up over 400 yards passing in three of the first four games.

What's also true is that the Cowboys won't think Allen was a solution to their problems as well, despite his familarity with Monte Kiffin's defense going back to their days with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 

Allen recorded 17 tackles, two pass breakups and one interception in his five games with Dallas.

Allen signed a one-year $905,000 with Dallas as an unrestricted free agent from Pittsburgh on March 27, 2013.  He was originally drafted in the fourth round (111th overall) of the 2004 NFL Draft by Tampa Bay out of Ohio State.

Clarence Hill


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