Oct 25, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings defensive back Jared Allen (69) celebrates a play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the Metrodome. The Buccaneers defeated the Vikings 36-17. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
We’re over a week into free agency and Jared Allen still hasn’t found a landing spot. But that could all change in the very near future, maybe even today.
Ed Werder, the man who used to spend his days camped out on Brett Favre‘s lawn for a living, reports that Allen will make his second visit to Seattle, an indication that Allen may be about to sign on with the Super Bowl champions.
Allen is believed to be seeking a contract worth $10 million per year, but experts think $9 million is a more realistic number for the veteran DE. Pat Kirwan speculated that Allen could score a 4-year, $36 million deal.
The whole free agency process has been somewhat frustrating for Allen, as he’s had to watch his potential suitors sign other players of a similar age and skill set while he has remained sitting at home in front of the phone.
Denver seemed ready to sign Allen early in free agency, but they changed course and signed DeMarcus Ware instead after the former Pro Bowler was cut by Dallas.
The Packers were mentioned as a landing spot but Green Bay went with Julius Peppers instead. The Bears also were mentioned but they elected to go elsewhere.
Jared took a visit to Dallas, but the Cowboys chose to use some of their limited cap space on Henry Melton, effectively ending Jared’s chance of signing on with the Cowboys.
Seattle was considered a front runner from the start, but when they failed to sign Jared after his first visit, things looked bleak.
Jared’s willingness to take a second visit in Seattle could indicate that he’s amenable to dropping his price in order to latch on with a contender. Jared has previously indicated that he would rather retire than take less money than he is worth.
The reality for Jared is that he was never going to get what he believed he was worth. It shouldn’t be too hard for him to “swallow his pride” and “accept” $9 million-per-year if that’s what Seattle offers.
And even if they don’t offer that much, the chance to cap his career with a ring might be enough to entice Jared back anyway. The retirement talk always seemed like hot air, quite frankly.