With Jared Allen’s asking price seemingly too high for the Denver Broncos, the former Minnesota Vikings defensive end has turned his attentions elsewhere.
According to Adam Schefter of ESPN.com, Allen is now speaking with the Chicago Bears and Seattle Seahawks.
Both Chicago and Seattle have addressed pass rush needs over the last two days with the Seahawks re-signing Michael Bennett and the Bears adding Lamarr Houston. But Chicago also had to part ways with Julius Peppers and Chris Clemons remains a possibly cap casualty in Seattle as well.
Depending on the price, the Seahawks would likely have to free up additional space – potentially by releasing Clemons – if they elect to sign Allen.
While neither Seattle or Chicago are overflowing with cap space, they clearly still view addressing their pass rush as a priority this offseason.
The door seems to be shut with Allen in Denver as the Broncos have shifted their focus to former Dallas Cowboys linebacker DeMarcus Ware. Despite being 31 years old, Allen is coming off his sixth-straight season with double-digit sacks. Allen posted 11.5 sacks last year for Minnesota.