3 things to know about new Saints additions Jack Koerner and Brian Allen

Brian Allen #29 of the Birmingham Stallions. (Photo by Elsa/USFL/Getty Images)
Brian Allen #29 of the Birmingham Stallions. (Photo by Elsa/USFL/Getty Images) /

The New Orleans Saints recently signed Jack Koerner and Brian Allen. Here are three things you should know about each player.

3. Jack Koerner used to play at Iowa

Koerner was a three-year starter at Iowa and recorded 137 tackles, six interceptions and one forced fumble in 34 games.

 2. Koerner spent a brief stint with the Saints as an undrafted free agent

After going undrafted in 2022, the Saints signed Koerner to the roster, and Koerner joined former Michigan defensive back Vincent Gray in New Orleans as a fellow UDFA.

The Saints later waived Koerner in May to add tight end Kahale Warring on the roster instead.

1. Koerner was involved in a terrifying jet ski accident

In June of 2020, Koerner and his friend Cole Coffin were jet skiing at Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri when they collided with a boat. Strangers rescued the then-21-year-olds and took them to the hospital.

Coffin lost his left leg in the aftermath while Koerner walked away with “non-life-threatening injuries.”

3. Brian Allen played for the Birmingham Stallions in the USFL

Allen was the first defensive back selected by the Birmingham Stallions in the 2022 USFL draft, and Allen put together a very productive campaign. He finished the year with 40 total tackles, multiple pass breakups, and an interception and played a pivotal role in Birmingham’s championship victory against Philadelphia.

2. Allen has been tossed around from the NFL

Allen was on the Pittsburgh Steelers’ roster from 2017-2019, but hardly played at all and could be labeled as a fringe NFL player. After his time in Pittsburgh, he landed with the Seattle Seahawks and Buffalo Bills before joining the San Francisco 49ers and starting one game for them. Allen then spent unsuccessful stints on both the Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns.

1. Allen attracted interest from the Saints in the 2017 draft

The Steelers drafted Brian Allen in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL draft, but NOLA reportedly showed plenty of interest in Allen. The Saints met with him at the NFL combine and reportedly took him out to dinner later that month.

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