Yes, it was reported on Tuesday that defensive end Jared Allen’s people are talking to the Seahawks. No, it hasn’t happened.
Per a source with direct knowledge of the situation, the Sehawks 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.
Last year, for example, they landed two of the premier pass rushers in free agency — Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett — after it became clear that they could be had for reasonable amount.
Allen could have struck a deal with the Broncos on Tuesday, but financial commitments got in the way. The Bears reportedly are interested.
More teams should be. Allen is one of the best pass rushers of the last 15 years. He still has a lot left in the tank, he always goes hard, and he’s a great teammate.
Someone eventually will be very happy to have Allen. It remains to be seen who that will be.