Even though the Pittsburgh Steelers are handcuffed by the salary cap, they have to find a way to re-sign Keenan Lewis, who had a breakout season as a starting cornerback in 2012.
Or do they?
Second-year cornerback Cortez Allen showed in the final two weeks of 2012 that he could push for a starting job in 2013.
Allen intercepted two passes and forced three fumbles. So in two games he was in on 25 percent of the Steelers’ 20 takeaways in 2012. Assuming Ike Taylor returns to health and is ready to go in 2013, the ball-hawking Allen would be a nice complement as a starter to Taylor, who has hands of stone despite being a shutdown corner.
The Steelers could be tempted to save some money by letting Lewis leave as a free agent and starting Taylor and Allen at cornerback next season. Then they could draft a cornerback like Florida State’s Xavier Rhodes or Mississippi State’s Johnthan Banks to replace Allen as the third corner.
Don’t do it, Steelers.
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