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The Steelers have signed another player who was an exclusive rights free agent, as the team announced today that they've signed linebacker Marcus Allen to a one-year deal. The Steelers signed center J.C. Hassenhauer to a one-year deal yesterday, who was also an ERFA.
An ERFA is a player with fewer than three accrued seasons and an expired contract. If his original team offers him a one-year contract and the league minimum (based on his credited seasons), the player cannot negotiate with other teams. So, it's pretty much expected that the Steelers would sign all their ERFAs, the only one that hasn't been signed yet is Robert Spillane.
Allen made the switch from safety to linebacker in 2020 and played in 14 games, starting two and missing two due to injuries. He finished with 24 tackles (16 solos), two for a loss and two quarterback hits. He made his first NFL start against Buffalo on Dec. 13, finishing the game with a career-high eight tackles (five solos) and one tackle for a loss.