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Steelers Sign Veteran Backup Quarterback Kyle Allen



Pittsburgh Steelers QB Kyle Allen
Buffalo Bills quarterback Kyle Allen during a preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Aug. 19, 2023. -- Ed Thompson / Steelers Now

ORLANDO, Fla. — The Pittsburgh Steelers have agreed to terms with veteran quarterback Kyle Allen, general manager Omar Khan announced on Monday at the 2024 NFL owner’s meetings.

Allen, 28, will be entering his seventh season in the NFL. He was most recently the top backup to Josh Allen with the Buffalo Bills, playing in seven games for the Bills in 2023 without recording a pass.

His last game action came in 2022, when he played in two games for the Houston Texans. He completed 46 of 78 passes (59%) for 416 yards (5.3 yards per attempt), two touchdowns, four interceptions and a 60.6 passer rating.

Originally an undrafted free agent of the Carolina Panthers out of Houston in 2018, Allen played two seasons in Carolina, including one a regular starter in 2019. That season, he stared 12 games, throwing for 3,322 yards, 17 touchdowns, 16 interceptions and an 80.8 passer rating. Playing behind a porous offensive line, he was sacked 46 times that season and led the NFL in sack yardage lost.

Allen was traded to the Washington Football Team for a fifth-round draft pick in 2020 and spent two seasons as a backup in D.C., playing in four games in 2020 and none in 2021.

With the Steelers, Allen will likely be the team’s third quarterback behind Russell Wilson and Justin Fields and was one of the top remaining free agents on the open market at the position. 

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