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Agent says Jared Allen is talking to “several teams”


The top remaining player on the PFT Free Agent Hot 100 is former Vikings defensive end Jared Allen.  And Allen continues to draw plenty of interest.

Agent Ken Harris told PFT on Monday night that he spoke on Allen’s behalf with “several teams” during the three-day pre-free agency negotiating period, and that conversations with “several teams” continue.  While Allen has asked Harris not to comment on specific discussions or visits with other teams, multiple reports have indicated that Allen visited the Seahawks on Sunday, and that he’ll visit the Cowboys on Tuesday.

Allen nevertheless authorized Harris to explain that they “have been amazed” by the fact that “many people apparently believe” Allen rejected a $30 million offer during the negotiating period.

“While we feel that a player with his consistent production deserves a fair contract, that offer was not made to him,” Harris said.

Harris points out that Allen’s 11.5 sacks in 2013 topped the production of all other free-agent defensive ends, with the exception of Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy (who currently is under contract after signing the franchise tender).

Allen averages 12.8 sacks per year, and he has averaged 15.1 in the last three.

“Jared loves the game of football, so if he finds the proper fit we will act on it,” Harris said.

From a charitable standpoint, Allen found the right fit with his Home for Wounded Warriors Foundation.  He was back in Minnesota on Monday, giving another home to an injured solder.  You can support the effort with a donation, if you’d like.

From a football standpoint, the fit depends on Allen’s priorities.   Some teams (like the Seahawks) will offer a better chance to win.  Others (like the Cowboys) could offer more money.  For Allen, who continues to play at a high level and be a positive force on the field and in the locker room, his decision will be shaped in large part whether the goal is to maximize his chances of winning a Super Bowl or maximizing his earning potential.

While it’s easy to say the priority should be winning, there’s only so much only one player can control in that regard.  Given the physical risks that players take, there’s nothing wrong with maximizing the number of zeroes that will show up on the W-2.

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70 Responses to “Agent says Jared Allen is talking to “several teams””
  1. beerbudsnbevo says: Mar 17, 2014 10:10 PM

    Smoke screen

  2. azcards63 says: Mar 17, 2014 10:11 PM

    Well he certainly doesn’t want to go to the Dolphins, complete joke of a franchise that plays in a third world city known as Miami

  3. raiders4lyfe17 says: Mar 17, 2014 10:11 PM

    Um ok…. Tell me when he signs

  4. dickshotdogs says: Mar 17, 2014 10:12 PM

    I love this cat. Jared, you are one heckuva dude. I would love to see you in New England.

  5. sixchr says: Mar 17, 2014 10:13 PM

    If New England is serious about this arms race, which they are, I think they need to seriously get in on Allen. Their inability to generate an effective pass rush really hurt them in the AFC Championship Game. Ninkovich is nice but he’s not a pure pass rusher, if they can set up a rotation between him and Allen similar to how Seattle operated I think they could be in real good shape. Allen may be the piece that puts the Patriots passed the Broncos.

  6. 4allintensivepurposes says: Mar 17, 2014 10:14 PM

    You can ask for what you think you deserve all day long. You’re only worth what someone is willing to pay you.

  7. rickrock6661982 says: Mar 17, 2014 10:16 PM

    I’m just stunned that no one wants to overpay a 32-year old DE with two strikes against him for drunk driving.

  8. AKA Slow Joe (Bucs fan) says: Mar 17, 2014 10:16 PM

    As contractors, I’m pretty sure they get 1099s.

  9. chawkup says: Mar 17, 2014 10:17 PM

    Bring the WWF to Seattle Jared!

  10. vikingspride says: Mar 17, 2014 10:17 PM

    Allen has been a great player for the Vikes, its to bad he couldn’t stay. The money has been made Jared, Go to the Seahawks and play for a ring!!! Please!

  11. stealthjunk says: Mar 17, 2014 10:18 PM

    “Source close to the situation would be ‘shocked’ if Jared Allen doesn’t end up with the Denver Broncos.”

    Oh wait, that was a week ago? Wake me up when he’s signed.

  12. ketch20too says: Mar 17, 2014 10:18 PM

    Given the millions he has already earned…is he really in dire financial straights making 7 mil a year vs 9?

  13. amazingguy101 says: Mar 17, 2014 10:18 PM

    can he be a MLB or LB? If so he be back in Minnesota

  14. hawkstradamus says: Mar 17, 2014 10:19 PM

    Jared Allen has to decide if he wants to make a couple extra bucks playing for a team that’s season ends before Haloween. Or join one of the all time great defenses, win a Superbowl or two and cement his legacy as one of the all time greats.

  15. dbatrox21 says: Mar 17, 2014 10:19 PM

    We’ll see how much he wants a ring…and how much he wants to get paid. I hope wants a ring and goes to a winner……

  16. mnwildfan15 says: Mar 17, 2014 10:21 PM

    2 is several

  17. undeadjesus says: Mar 17, 2014 10:22 PM

    Jared is without a doubt one of the all-time great Vikings, but let’s be frank here: Allen feasts against teams with sub-par LTs but completely disappears in games when he’s matched against a quality tackle. And if he’s manhandling a bad LT, you can put a TE on that side to double team him and he vanishes.

    Ya he still gets those sacks but that’s about it. If he would accept the role as a pass-rush specialist and not as an every-down DE, his NFL career could go on for a few more years possibly.

  18. backdapack4evr says: Mar 17, 2014 10:24 PM

    No doubt he is happy to get away from the Vikes!!
    They choke so bad their whole body turns purple!!

  19. ninefingers9 says: Mar 17, 2014 10:30 PM

    He’s coming back to the V. Superbowl Homeboy! 😉

  20. oreo51 says: Mar 17, 2014 10:30 PM

    Michael Bennett,
    Cliff Avril,
    Tony McDaniel
    and ….
    Jared Allen.

    Now that will get you a second Super Bowl ring. Come to Seattle Jared. You will never get a ring in Minnesota or Dallas.

  21. ickky says: Mar 17, 2014 10:31 PM

    Go get paid #69. Then come back and retire a Viking!

  22. funshipm174 says: Mar 17, 2014 10:33 PM

    And Jared loves the game of football as long as it pays enough.

  23. favrewillplay4ever says: Mar 17, 2014 10:36 PM

    By nature I despise the Vikings.. But because of Jared’s attitude and play can’t help but like the guy. I will wish him luck and happiness wherever he goes now that he’s out of mediocrity land.

  24. anicra says: Mar 17, 2014 10:40 PM

    Normal Progression
    Viking Farmclub => Seahawk SB Club

  25. realnflmaster says: Mar 17, 2014 10:40 PM

    I would take him on the JETS, but we already have the best defensive line in football and it’s not even close.

  26. twojskicks says: Mar 17, 2014 10:41 PM

    You would think it’s more about obtaining a ring at this point in his career n there’s only so many options where potential super bowl contenders have a need at that position. He should talk 2 denver Seattle San Francisco n the giants n a 2 yr deal around 4-5 mil per should b what he is signing for.

  27. 84smooninlambeaunevergetsold says: Mar 17, 2014 10:42 PM

    Hoping if he wants a chance to win he’ll go somewhere like New England, Denver, maybe the 49ers. If he’s looking to just get paid I guess it would make sense to sign with Seattle, Green Bay, or Dallas.

  28. raiderrob21 says: Mar 17, 2014 10:43 PM

    Theres a nice D-Line rotation forming in Oakland. Come back home Jared and help us turn this thing around!


  29. dude1988 says: Mar 17, 2014 10:46 PM

    bein in TX, rodeo is a way of life down here and jareds bucking bulls business has come a long way and theres an awful lot of money in them bucking bulls, if nobody offers him a huge contract, i can see him sitting out and watching those bulls kick off cowboys while hea countin the dollars.

  30. jollyjoker2 says: Mar 17, 2014 10:51 PM

    no way will he be in MN…but he will make a good player for someone. He doesn’t look like he would get all those sacks but he is deceptively fast at beating his DE. Done it a lot of years. He was the franchise at MN and they kind of spit on him. Now, MN has “good players’…guys you can pick up off the street. Allen was exceptional.

  31. bobnelsonjr says: Mar 17, 2014 10:56 PM

    When all the teams are saying “NO!!” that qualifys as talking.

    I don’t think the Raiders or Jaguars would waste the cap space.

    He should take whatever the Giants offer to replace Tuck.

  32. rhemish says: Mar 17, 2014 11:03 PM

    Come to Oakland 2-4 years we will be competing for Sb Denver will be without Peyton and in cap hell that will be our time . Next year we add a number 1 QB Winston or Marcus mariota

  33. hawksforever says: Mar 17, 2014 11:03 PM

    11.5 sacks with the Vikings would easily be 18 sacks on any other NFL team!

  34. rublestiltzkin says: Mar 17, 2014 11:08 PM

    what he’s really saying is, “put another million on that offer seattle, and i’ll gladly come play for the hawks”

    he just wants to feel like he’s “won” the negotiation. that’s all. seattle’s the place, and he knows it.

  35. The Red Rifle says: Mar 17, 2014 11:09 PM

    Andy Dalton is better than your QB! Facts are facts!

  36. zorn2largent says: Mar 17, 2014 11:35 PM

    What kind of solder is getting the house was it soft or hard solder? I bet that’s the saddest solder on earth. Solders are happiest bonding metals. Soldiers on the other hand in that program deserve the best and Allen is a stand up guy. Hopefully he joins the world champ Seahawks. He would fit in great up here in the pacific northwest.

  37. 52lightsxout52 says: Mar 17, 2014 11:41 PM

    As much as I detest anything purple, I always liked and admired Jared Allen. Hopefully he can go somewhere to get a ring, like Seattle, New England, or Green Bay…

  38. ariani1985 says: Mar 17, 2014 11:46 PM

    If you like to lose in the first round of the playoffs come to greenbay!


  39. sportsnut101 says: Mar 17, 2014 11:50 PM

    Best place for him is with bengals I think. They have tons of cap n never spend it cheap owner.

    I can’t see Dallas doing anything

    I’m surprised no1 signed him yet he has numbers with sacks but how is he against the run. That I don’t know cause I didn’t watch viking games

  40. gbpshareholder says: Mar 17, 2014 11:50 PM

    you know T.T. is watching… waiting…

  41. jimdot says: Mar 17, 2014 11:55 PM

    One team I have not heard is the Philadelphia Eagles. Why not? Plenty of cap space, young defense and good chance of a playoff push. He can play situational defense and get paid. Win win on both sides.

  42. higheriqthanyou says: Mar 18, 2014 12:00 AM

    Seattle’s playing chess, the rest of the league’s playing checkers.

  43. rmavs says: Mar 18, 2014 12:07 AM

    Vikings will win the north in 2014.

  44. cowboysdoitbigger says: Mar 18, 2014 12:13 AM

    Allen better get on board, along with Melton. The next Cowboys Dynasty starts now, all aboard!!

  45. guitarfreak21 says: Mar 18, 2014 12:13 AM

    Jared is a class act, and I hope he ends up in New England. I would feel bad for him if he were stuck in that crappy sea of haters and sea chickens in the northwest… They wouldn’t know what to do with a classy guy like Allen!

  46. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Mar 18, 2014 12:36 AM

    In other words, “someone please start the bidding so we can get over paid.”

  47. rrthomasxyz says: Mar 18, 2014 12:40 AM

    Seattle is not going to change their offer no matter how many cities Allen visits. The Seahawks are offering you a SB ring. Do you want it or 1 more mill for your last possible year in the NFL? If Melton signs first, the ‘hawks will recind their offer to Allen.

  48. khmer379 says: Mar 18, 2014 12:43 AM

    What if he goes to Seattle and don’t when a Superbowl n then what? Do the right thing jared and join new england as talented as Seattle is I don’t see them repeating if it wasnt kapernick inaccuracy the seahawk wouldn’t be in the SB am just saying…

  49. spg3081 says: Mar 18, 2014 1:14 AM

    Why is anyone questioning why he would seek $9MM AAV (an educated guess, I don’t know exactly what he’s seeking) versus $7MM or $5MM & why he’s waiting so long to sign instead of jumping on one of the lower offers now? Obviously his ideal amount wasn’t available immediately. In that case, he’s better off taking his time and assessing 12 or 20+ offers, whatever it takes to find an acceptable offer from a team that could contend. With the cap increasing to an unexpected amount, there are contenders who still have plenty of room to sign him to a contract that fits his desired range. Besides, guaranteed money is his goal. The AAV means far less. If he can find a contender that will offer him a $12MM signing bonus, a guaranteed 2014 salary of $4MM, and a 2015 salary that would be guaranteed if he plays, say, 14 games and records 11 sacks, I’m sure he’ll jump all over it. Note: I don’t know if a team can tie guarantees to a games played benchmark; it’s more likely he’d receive a per game roster bonus. Regardless, that would be an acceptable three year deal, I imagine. Worst case scenario for the team is $8MM in dead money spread across 2015-16 if he’s a complete failure in 2014. With the cap slated to rise more, it’s an acceptable risk. Allen is smart to wait it out.

  50. yourmomcalled says: Mar 18, 2014 1:15 AM

    What a scary addition he would have be to the hawks

  51. bmd2099 says: Mar 18, 2014 1:26 AM

    In other words no one wants to pay what he thinks his inflated value is.

  52. myfriendbobsacamano says: Mar 18, 2014 1:43 AM

    Go to Cowboys, you can keep all your “WHY WE LOST… ” speeches after games

  53. tokyosandblaster says: Mar 18, 2014 2:31 AM

    Well, every single team would give him a better chance at winning than the team he was just on.

  54. insider7 says: Mar 18, 2014 5:23 AM

    If Jared Allen comes to New England, then the Pats will probably move on from Vince Wilfork. They will have to shift Wilfork’s money over to Allen and then draft a nose tackle in the second round to replace Wilfork, thereby going younger and cheaper at the nose tackle position.

    Besides, Wilfork is coming off of an Achilles tear at age 32.

  55. xinellum says: Mar 18, 2014 6:59 AM

    Baltimore has proven to be a place where people want to play, want to win and has been able to retain many of their players at reduced prices because they just don’t want to play anywhere else. In addition over the years players like Steve Smith blow off teams like the Patriots to play in Baltimore. Great surrounding cast on defense with Ngata, Suggs, Dumervil and Daryl Smith so he knows he won’t get double teamed. After losing Art Jones, this could more than fill that void.

  56. ejmat2 says: Mar 18, 2014 7:24 AM

    There is nothing wrong with Jared looking for the right fit at this point in his career. Maybe he wants to start. Maybe he wants more money. Maybe he wants a ring. Who cares? It’s up to him. That’s the beauty of free agency.

    What I laugh at is all the comments about “he should go here or he should go there to win a ring”. The fact is people that with today’s game, you can win a ring no matter where you play. Look at Seattle. They were crap two years before winning a superbowl. Just because you win one doesn’t mean you will win another with many other teams improving.

    Things change on a yearly basis and you never know. Jared has every right to pick and choose where he wants to play and for whatever reason he sees fit. He’s earned that right and if a team is willing to pay him what he wants or offer him a chance to win, so-be-it. Wherever he ends up I hope he does win a superbowl. He’s not the player he once was but he’s still a heck of a player and whoever does get him will benefit.

  57. purplepanteez says: Mar 18, 2014 7:30 AM

    Tip of the hat to this guy.

    As a member of my Vikings, he was part of one of the greatest streaks alive in professional sports today…

    40+ years. Zero championships.

    And, his lasso sack dance was cute.

  58. mjhutmkr says: Mar 18, 2014 8:08 AM

    Three words: I doubt it.

    He’s overpaid, over rated and plays for himself.

    Any team is a foll for sigining him at $10 million a season.

  59. leatherface2012 says: Mar 18, 2014 8:33 AM


  60. getadealdonealready says: Mar 18, 2014 8:54 AM

    He wants to win and he wants to get paid, but with his age and diminishing skills set I don’t see both happening. My guess is if he has to choose he will choose to get paid.

    Agree with undeadjesus above except that he was an all time great Viking. He was good but disappeared too many times in the big spots to be considered an all-time great.

  61. phinfan says: Mar 18, 2014 9:13 AM

    Viking farm club — > Seattle sb club???

    Did we forget how irrelevant seattle was for the first 50 years of their exsistance? It was so bad nobody noticed when they were moved from the afc to the nfc… ROFL

    And whos in their hall of fame : rick mirer?

  62. filthymcnasty1 says: Mar 18, 2014 9:30 AM

    Jared may be gone, but Viking fans will always embrace the suck.

  63. whatjusthapped says: Mar 18, 2014 9:34 AM

    It must be the drinking water up in the Twin Cities that makes both the fans and Jared Allen so delusional. He can think he’s worth any number that he makes up but the market will pay for production only and the number of sacks is not an accurate indicator.

    He disappears for games at a time, he went up against a rookie 4th rounder and didn’t even get a tackle in the whole game much less a sack. Then in a couple of games, he will go up against some slug and pad his sack total with 4 or 5 accounting for half of his season total. I realize all the Viking trolls think he is still a good player but last spring they were predicting (yet again) a Superbowl only to finish in last place (yet again)

  64. backdapack4evr says: Mar 18, 2014 10:24 AM

    I hope he can get back in the league after being out of it this long!!

  65. unbridledsexy says: Mar 18, 2014 11:06 AM

    And when was the last time the Phins won a ring?

  66. bearasstruth says: Mar 18, 2014 11:15 AM

    Here are the options: #1 Seattle, – #2 Chicago – #3 New England . Unless the Cowboys cut Romo, they aren’t signing him … they have no money…

  67. purpleguy says: Mar 18, 2014 1:37 PM

    Notice how he has no interest in going to Green Bay to play with that stellar group of hard-working over-achievers Raji, Peppers and Guion?

  68. dctillidie says: Mar 18, 2014 3:06 PM

    If the Cowboys don’t sign him then they are pretty much heading down the route of 2-14!

  69. joejones3175 says: Mar 18, 2014 6:11 PM

    if Allen lands in Seattle, approx. half the team will be ex vikings

  70. stagedoorjohnny says: Mar 18, 2014 6:39 PM

    I’m really starting to think that Jared Allen is going to eventually sign with Seattle.

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