Dec 29, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Chris Carter (54) is congratulated by safety Will Allen (20) after recovering a fumble against the Cleveland Browns in the first half at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports

Steelers re-sign Allen, Warren and Wallace on day 2 of free agency

It’s still early but the Pittsburgh Steelers seem to have spent the second day of free agency keeping some of their free agents in-house. Not very many surprises here. The Will Allen re-signing was already leaked last week and just made official this morning. Also re-signed today were long snapper Greg Warren and center/guard Cody Wallace. In addition to the re-signings, the conditions of safety Mike Mitchell’s contract have come out and they’re favorable for the 2014 salary cap.

Perhaps the most telling signing of the day so far has been with Cody Wallace, who was signed to a 3-year deal. Wallace stepped into the starting center position starting with Week 14 last season after Fernando Velasco went down with an Achilles injury. According to Ed Bouchette, the Steelers have determined that Velasco still isn’t fully recovered from his injury and not healthy enough for them to warrant a contract at this point. Velasco had stepped in for the injured Pouncey after Week 1. The contract going to Wallace and not Velasco signifies a confidence both the front office and most likely new offensive line coach Mike Munchak have in Wallace.


ESPN’s Scott Brown broke down the terms of Mike Mitchell’s contract and it looks like the Steelers got a deal for the 2014 season. Mitchell will only cost $2.2 million for 2014, but his numbers rise over the duration of the contract. Obviously, the trend as well is that the salary cap is going to rise consistently over the course of the next few years anyway.

Per ESPN, here are the details of Mitchell’s contract:

  • 2014 : $950,000 signing bonus + $750,000 base salary + $500,000 roster bonus = $2.2 million cap hit
  • 2015 : $2 million base salary + $2 million roster bonus + $950,000 signing bonus = $4.95 million cap hit
  • 2016 : $5 million base salary + $950,000 roster bonus = $5.95 million cap hit
  • 2017 : $5 million base salary + $950,000 roster bonus = $5.95 million cap hit
  • 2018: $5 million base salary + $950,000 roster bonus = $5.95 million cap hit

The fact that Mitchell’s cap hit for 2014 is so small it gave them the opportunity to get the contracts of Will Allen, Cody Wallace, and Greg Warren done immediately after.

What do you think the next move will be?

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  • bk

    NIce to have that core group of 8-8 players back again… meanwhile difference makers like Henry Melton are just sitting there…

    • Kimmy

      Core group of 8-8 players back? You do realize it’s just the second day but actually first 24 hours of free agency don’t you? And Henry Melton who is coming off of an ACL injury is the one player who can take us to the promisedland huh? Awesome.

      • bk

        Quit reading more into what I wrote… If Melton is healthy he is an upgrade over any DL man we have. I guess it’s better to sit back and pay the 8-8 guys again, after all, Tomlin’s brilliant coaching will change things… LOL
        So you must think that signing 1 year wonders at safety will get them something…

        • Kimmy

          That’s funny! I’m reading more into what you wrote but you’re declaring the record the Steelers will have this year based on the first 23 1/2 hours of free agency.

          I guarantee there will be plenty more signings for you to disagree with in the coming days, don’t settle so soon! LOL

          • bk

            Trust me, no one wants them to succeed any more than I do, I am just not seeing any positive steps (during the last 2 years) to do that… the key players are getting older and the replacements are not up to par with what the team has had in the past. The past 5 drafts have been horrible, granted there are a few bright spots, but, not top to bottom… The strength of the team right now is Ben, Brown, Miller, and other than that, not much… so why not go get playmakers to help there? Instead they pick a slow OS LB with injury history… imagine how C Patterson would have looked next to Brown! Or rookie of the Year Lacy in the backfield! Keenen Allen was sitting there in Rd 2 also… could have gotten a RB later… then the waste of a pick on Landry Jones… plus having to keep him on the roster all year? Why? No one else wanted him…

          • scott sinclair

            I’m sort of with you bk. Sort of. I agree with the point about their recent drafts and that the replacements are not up to par. However, that’s what happens when you keep picking in the bottom of the rounds due to their playoff success.I don’t know if I would have re-signed Will Allen, not with Polamalu and Mitchell as starters and Thomas in reserve. I’d have let Allen walk and address the safety spot in the draft with a guy like Terrance Brooks from Florida State. I had them taking Cordarelle Patterson in my mock last year and I think he would have had much more of an impact that Jarvis (1 sack) Jones. That said, you have to realize no rookie OLB has started for the Steelers before him. I don’t think anyone really saw Keenan Allen doing what he did, he was picked pretty much where he was graded to pick, but I am with you that I was hoping they’d take Lacy when he was still on the board. I didn’t hate the Bell pick and still don’t but I wanted Lacy.

          • Dom DiTolla

            As someone who lives in Pac-12 country, I actually saw Keenan Allen as being a fantastic and productive prospect for a team like Pittsburgh. I mocked him to the Steelers on occasion, wrote about him several times, and saw big things for him in Pittsburgh’s offense. Fit a desperate need and was a BPA as a late 1st round pick IMO.

            Allen re-signing definitely puzzles me, especially since R. Golden and a late-round draft pick would have easily sufficed as depth behind Mitchell, Polamalu and Thomas.

            Cap space could have been allocated towards re-signing Woods or even sweetening a deal to keep their most productive red zone receiver (Cotchery) in town with a new deal.

            Where they go from here, I’m not sure, but they might have to give “The Beard” a call if Hood bolts and are not enticed by any of the FAs on the market along the D-Line. Huge opportunities on the horizon for Arnfelt & N. Williams though. If there was any time for them to entrench themselves on the 53-man roster, it will be this summer.

        • Craig

          So you would prefer Clark to stay? Or how bout we draft a rookie safety in round 1 instead of another need, only to have them rot on the sidelines for a year or two before they get to even play? There is a question mark over Mitchell right now, but the Steelers didn’t pay too much for him like he’s the flavor of the week or something.

          Mitchell is a total upgrade from Clark at the very least. Geesh.

          • bk

            I respect your opinion, but, I just think Mitchell benfitted from the front 7 in Carolina… unless the Steelers can put some more playmakers in front of him he will be just a younger version of Clark.

  • Carl Eagan

    When they negotiate with Allen they had no idea that they would also sign Mitchel, want to sign and signing is 2 different things and Allen is a good signing for depth and he’d still have to make the final cut and there are many coaches who have an input on who is performing well. The noise that LeBeau and LeBeau only is making better players sit behind vets is just noise without any credibility. Worilds is a case in point if Butler though he was the best player to put out there he would have been out there more in earlier seasons. This year Worilds is the pseudo experts favorite although it wasn’t until Heywood started dominating that Worilds started playing even average. Jones was a great pick last year, and performed well for a rookie going against the other teams left tackle on almost every snap. Yep Worilds did get a sack playing on the right side against the worst left tackle in the league who also fell and only because Hood chased the QB to him. Oh and picking later in the rounds is no excuse for failing so miserably in the draft many teams consistently draft late and consistently field good teams. Maybe the head coach has something to do with that though.