IRVING, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys released veteran safety Will Allen on Tuesday, according to sources.
Allen started the first two games of the season before he was replaced by rookie J.J. Wilcox prior to the Sept. 22 win against the St. Louis Rams. Allen was credited with 17 tackles to go with an interception in the season opener against the New York Giants and two pass deflections.
The Cowboys have not decided how to fill the roster spot.
Allen was signed to a one-year deal worth the veteran minimum salary benefit worth $840,000. He received a signing bonus of $65,000, and $555,000 of his base salary was guaranteed. Allen played for defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin and special-teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia in Tampa Bay and was viewed as a solid locker room presence.
The Cowboys have four safeties on the roster in Barry Church, Wilcox, Danny McCray and undrafted rookie Jeff Heath. Church suffered a broken nose in last week's loss to the Denver Broncos but will not miss a game.