Updates from Saturday, March 22
Ed Werder of ESPN has more on Allen:
Jared Allen was accompanied on his second visit to the Seattle Seahawks by his wife, family members and his agent. But any sense they were brought together presuming an introductory news conference disintegrated when they left Seahawks headquarters and returned to their family offseason home in Arizona without finalizing a contract or otherwise committing to join the defending Super Bowl champions.
In a text message later Thursday, Allen said, "We are heading home and will consider their offer and I'll make my decision this weekend."
Updates from Friday, March 21
Ed Werder of ESPN has an interesting note on Allen:
As Jared Allen deliberates Seahawk offer, I remember he said this to me at start of FA: "I have a walk-away number that I won't go below."— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) March 21, 2014
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network adds more info on Allen's thought process:
Tidbit 1 on Jared Allen: He's considering 3 places now, with walking away still an option. Should know by the weekend what his future is— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 21, 2014
Tidbit 2 on Jared Allen: The 2nd meeting with Seattle was because key members of the organization weren't present for meeting 1, on a Sunday— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 21, 2014
Updates from Thrurday, March 20
Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports Jared Allen has an offer from the Seahawks on the table:
Jared Allen heads home. After what were termed “good discussions” with #Seahawks, they made an offer. He’ll consider, decide this weekend— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 20, 2014
Mike Garafolo of Fox sports says Allen will consider this and other offers this weekend:
Jared Allen will mull the Seahawks' offer, as well as some others, and make a decision this weekend, agent Ken Harris says.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 20, 2014
Ed Werder of ESPN previously said the two sides were finalizing the agreement:
Jared Allen is working on final details of a contract with the SB champion Seattle Seahawks. Barring unforeseen issues, he could sign today— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) March 20, 2014
Rapoport reported on Allen's visit with the Seahawks::
Jared Allen’s agent Ken Harris says his client is visiting the #Seahawks, but says “that’s it for now.” And so we wait.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 20, 2014
Albert Breer of NFL.com added:
Cowboys fans probably shouldn't fall in love w/the idea of Jared Allen. Internally, my understanding is Melton/Allen was an either/or call.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) March 21, 2014
Updates from Wednesday, March 19
ESPN's Ed Werder reports how much Jared Allen is seeking during contract negotiations:
I'm told Jared Allen wants close to $10 million per year like DeMarcus Ware and Julius Peppers. Cowboys not interested at that price.— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) March 19, 2014
With the Cowboys likely out of the mix, Werder later reported on the next team that could potentially sign Allen:
Sources: Jared Allen making second visit to SB champion Seahawks and could decide whether to join them in next few days.— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) March 20, 2014
Updates from Tuesday, March 18
Ian Rapoport of NFL.com has the latest on Jared Allen's free agency:
Jared Allen plans to head back home after his #Cowboys visit to weigh his options. Don’t expect a decision today. He’ll talk to his wife 1st— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 18, 2014
Clarence Hill Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram provides an update on Jared Allen's meeting with the Cowboys:
The Cowboys let another one get out the building without a deal. The Jared Allen visit it over. Went well but no deal so far. Has gone home— Clarence Hill (@clarencehilljr) March 18, 2014
Fox Sports 1's Mike Garafolo has more on Allen's situation with the Cowboys:
One more Cowboys note: DE Jared Allen unlikely to sign with Dallas after visiting today, per source. Other teams in play. Still developing.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 19, 2014
NFL.com's Gregg Rosenthal (via NFL.com's Ian Rapoport) reiterated:
Rapoport reports that the team is now unlikely to sign Jared Allen. A source familiar with the situation says there are other places still in the mix for Allen that are better fits. A decision is expected by Allen on his future by the end of the week.
Updates from Monday, March 17
Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports on one team that has been getting all of Jared Allen's attention of late:
Jared Allen arrives tonight for his visit with the Cowboys and his stay there will continue well into Tuesday— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) March 18, 2014
Updates from Wednesday, March 12
Jeff Dickerson of ESPN reports that the Bears aren't in the hunt for Allen this offseason:
Overnight word on Jared Allen is that #Bears are not in the mix to sign him at the moment, per informed sources.— Jeff Dickerson (@ESPNChiBears) March 12, 2014
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk is reporting that Seattle has yet to speak to Allen:
Per a source with direct knowledge of the situation, the Seahawks have not yet spoken to Allen’s representatives. That doesn’t mean they won’t, but they haven’t. Yet.
And for good reason. If, as it appears, Allen wants more than the market will bear for a pass rusher on the wrong side of 30, the Seahawks won’t want to pay that. If, at some point, the Seahawks sense that a bargain could be had, the Seahawks could make a move.
Updates from Tuesday, March 11
CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora has details on where Jared Allen could sign with this offseason:
Several people involved in that DE market expect Jared Allen to end up in Denver and Justin Tuck to return to NYG.— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) March 11, 2014
After the Dallas Cowboys released DeMarcus Ware, the Broncos shifted their plan, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter:
While Denver focuses on DeMarcus Ware…Vikings free-agent DE Jared Allen is talking with the Bears and Seattle Seahawks, per league source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 12, 2014
Jared Allen has been one of the best pass-rushers in the NFL for the past decade, but he will now try to find a new home where he can succeed on both an individual and team level.
The 31-year-old defensive end has totaled 128.5 sacks in his 10-year career with the Minnesota Vikings and Kansas City Chiefs. He ranks 12th all time in this category and only John Abraham has more among active players.
While some people might think that he has lost a step over the years, they only have to look back to last season when he finished with 11.5 sacks. In an interview on SiriusXM NFL Radio, Allen explained his mindset going into the offseason:
.@JaredAllen69: I feel like I have a lot of good football left despite what people say & I have that chip on my shoulder to shut people up.— SiriusXM NFL Radio (@SiriusXMNFL) March 5, 2014
The veteran also explained exactly what he is looking for in his next team:
FA DE @JaredAllen69: I think for my next team it will come down to a chance to win, a good organization, as well as getting a fair contract.— SiriusXM NFL Radio (@SiriusXMNFL) March 5, 2014
This is similar to the mindset he had during the season when he hinted that he would be changing teams this spring, via Tom Pelissero of USA Today:
If I continue to play, you want to try to win a championship at some point. Personal accolades can only go so far. ...I don't want to be chasing the ring. I want to earn the ring. I want to be somewhere, and obviously, you've got to have parts in place and you've got to be contenders.
As a result, Allen is at the very least going to test the free-agent market before considering re-signing with the Vikings, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com:
Spoke with Ken Harris, agent for Vikings DE Jared Allen, who will test FA market regardless. “He’s going to see what 32 teams have to offer”— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 4, 2014
The Vikings finished 5-10-1 last season and are clearly a long way from a championship. However, Ben Goessling of ESPN.com also argues that a lack of fit with new coach Mike Zimmer's system could prevent a reunion:
Zimmer's defenses traditionally have emphasized run discipline, particularly on the defensive line, over big sack numbers. ...Zimmer said again on Thursday that the Vikings will emphasize run defense in their linemen's techniques and assignments, and added Allen would have to decide whether he would buy into the scheme the coach is planning to run.
For a player who has been primarily a pass-rusher his entire career, it seems like Allen will have to find a new location.
As far as new destinations go, ESPN.com's Paul Gutierrez speculated that the defensive end would fit well with the Oakland Raiders, noting that they have the cap room to complete a deal as long they "don't mortgage the future."
However, the Raiders might be even further away from a title. Allen addressed this possibility in his radio interview:
Another team that could be looking for a pass-rushing specialist is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who recently hired former Vikings coach Leslie Frazier as their defensive coordinator. Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times notes that this would be a perfect fit, considering "production has been sorely missed by the Bucs at defensive end."
What team will Jared Allen play for in 2014?
With 35 total sacks last season, the Buccaneers ranked ahead of just eight other teams. After transforming the defensive secondary last offseason, the squad could help solidify the defense with an elite pass-rusher.
Elliot Harrison of NFL.com also mentioned this possible fit as someone who can fill Tampa Bay's biggest need for this offseason.
Still, the one thing this destination lacks is a legitimate chance to win a Super Bowl, especially with the quarterback situation still uncertain. On the other hand, he could look to a team that came one win away from a title this past season.
Mike Klis of The Denver Post notes that Allen would fill a position of need and he would be the best option on the market:
The Broncos would like to add an elite pass rusher, either through free agency or the draft, to play opposite Von Miller in 2014. The talented pool of free-agent defensive ends could include Justin Tuck, Michael Bennett, former Doherty High School star Lamarr Houston and Michael Johnson.
But no one could equal Allen's reputation. Allen might be expensive, but with a salary cap of about $140 million, the Broncos have some money to spend.
Behind Peyton Manning, Denver posted the most points in NFL history this past season. However, the defense could use some help, especially after the embarrassing performance in the Super Bowl.
Allen could help put the squad over the top and bring home the Lombardi Trophy. Although he might have to take a smaller role with the Broncos, this location would give the veteran everything else he is looking for in a new destination.
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