Jared Allen heads home, will make decision this weekend


Reports on Thursday had defensive end Jared Allen close to agreement on a deal to join the Seahawks.

As the saying goes, though, close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades because no deal is done and Allen is headed home.

“Got to Seattle last night with Jared, [his wife] Amy, and his family,” Allen’s agent Ken Harris told PFT. “We had a great time meeting everyone during this visit.  After some good discussions with the front office today, Jared and Amy are going to consider the Seahawks offer along with the others, and make a decision this weekend.”

Allen also visited with the Cowboys, but reports during the week indicated that it was “unlikely” that he would wind up in Dallas.

Joining an already strong and deep Seahawks defense has to be an appealing prospect for Allen as it would set him up to produce at a high level without being stretched too far physically. Visiting twice and leaving without a deal suggests there’s some gap that the two sides have been unable to bridge, however, and it could lead to Allen landing elsewhere for the 2014 season.

80 responses to “Jared Allen heads home, will make decision this weekend

  1. Pay this man! He is worth every single penny! Way better than half the pass rushers already signed in FA. Whoever gets him is going to get a very motivated Jared Allen.. scary!

  2. I say he still ends up in Dallas.as these guys get older they want to be close to home.My guess is that the Seahawks and Cowboys offers are not that far apart.

  3. Jared, you are one year to late to join that lasso.

    You have to be the very best to win back to back…and as good as Seattle is. I don’t see them winning back to back.

    I could see them winning another down the road. But not in 2014 Jared.

    So I hope you sign for more than 1 year Jared or you will come up empty handed on your ring finger.

  4. My guess; he decides to sign on with the Seahawks and it will be a win/win for both. He likely will be paid about the same as Bennett.

  5. If he was going to sign with Seattle, he would have signed with Seattle. You don’t fly across the country a 2nd time, to go home and think about it. Get a bunch of money, or retire.

  6. An hour ago Wiki listed JA as a DE for the Seattle Seahawks. Now it says he’s a free agent.

    Jump the gun did we?

  7. so he went to seattle, then went to dallas, then went to seattle and now needs to go home and think about it, seems like he really does not want to play for seattle but they are the only team offering the money he wants. suckers.

  8. Yeah…needs time to decide whether to play for the Vikes or go to the World Champions and the beautiful city of Seattle…yeah, right. Rather than “Jared Allen heads home, will make decision this weekend” it should read “Jared Allen heads home…to finish packing”

    (yes, I’m a 49er fan but if you haven’t been to Seattle and think it sucks just because it rains there…you’re nuts! That place is “pretty…pretty…pretty”…cool)

  9. Did he or did he NOT say that he wanted to play with a team that had a chance to advance to the big game? Seems as though Hawks are the best team that are currently interested, if he is going to walk his talk, no?

  10. Sounds like he might not have gotten the contract he wanted otherwise it would be a done deal by now. Just sign and play for the seahawks and keep adding to your sack count. Hes at 128.5 sacks now and I think he will get over 150 before its all said and done, probably more.

  11. Last back to back SB champions that didn’t cheat were the 91/92 Cowboys. Just sayin’ don’t get your hopes up Jared.

  12. I’m not saying ALL Seahawks fans are extremely arrogant, but the way a lot of them are acting, one would think they had been on top for years. Yes, they are the defending champs, but have some humility people.

  13. “Seattle doesn’t have the same outdoors appeal Minnesota does”…

    Apparently you’ve never been to Seattle or know anything about the state of WA. It’s an outdoorsman’s paradise actually…mountains, rivers, lakes, the Sound. I can’t imagine a professional football player basing his career decisions solely upon which city has the best “outdoor appeal”.

  14. As a Seattle fan, this is a good sign. We obviously aren’t offering too much or this article would have been about him signing. Yet, the fact he came back for a second visit means he’s at least intrigued.

    I’d love to have this guy, but if it means paying him so much we can’t re-sign Wilson, Sherman, and Thomas, no deal.

  15. He should go to Seattle. This is what franchises can do when they have a winning culture, a player’s coach, and pay their quarterback “minimum wage”. I’m a Rams fan, but I must admit, getting Wilson and that incredible secondary for relative “peanuts” is the deal of the century. Whether it was genius, luck or both (I hate to use anything the even sounds like “LUCK” a la Andrew), you must admit that the ‘hawks did it right. I love them, and hate them. Meanwhile, I cannot wait for baseball to begin. The “hawks” are doing it the baseball Cardinal way.

  16. If he’s done 2 visits to Seattle and a visit to Dallas and Seattle let him leave without signing because he “needs to think about it” – I’m guessing he’s coming to the realization that he’s not going to get what he thought he would on the market.

    Bit of reverse sticker shock.

    He’s going home to deal with THAT issue first.

  17. Problem for him in Seattle is that he’ll have to compete for a starting job instead of having it handed to him. Plus, they’re not breaking the bank for him. His ego is hurting. Still, he’ll have an opportunity he never had with Minnesota and that’s a chance at a title. If that’s what he wants, he’ll sign…if not, he’ll retire and go to pasture as a broadcaster. His choice.

  18. For all the talk of Jared retiring as a Viking, the game I saw against a Packer 4th round rookie left tackle suggests Jared already retired, he just didn’t bother telling the Vikings. Stat line, 0 sacks, 0 tackles, 0 assisted tackles.

  19. Stay in Minnesota, Jared. Where you’ll once again have the chance to spend January, doing personal appearances at area car dealers.


  20. Jared, think long and hard about having to deal with these three things:

    Pete ‘The Cheat” blasting lame Macklemore everyday at the facility

    Having to look at that idiot in the stands tha dresses up like “The Thing” for every home game

    Finally, that never-ending, soggy, horrible mist

  21. Standout DE..and 11.5 sacks last year and still the Vikes can’t, won’t, find a way to keep him relevant in MN for another year or two. Really? I’m a Vike fan but if he does sign elsewhere I hope that when the Vikes play that team I get to watch a lot of JA putting the Vikes QB on his arse. Vikes deserve that for letting him move on! Jeez!!!!!!!!!!! Are you friggn kidding me??????

  22. Seattle has to be carefull w/ there cap. Any deal has to be for this year only. They have to watch money spilling over to next year. They are going to need the money to sign Wilson and others. There cap hell is coming.

  23. The NFL is the not for long league Jared, you are only a tiny digit in a multi-billion dollar business machine.
    You are only worth what the business machine DICTATES to you.
    Too bad, you were a good athlete and you probably think you still are a valuable asset, but not according to the NFL.

  24. You guys are funny. Going home to think about it and making a decision this weekend doesn’t mean anything else more than that. It doesn’t mean his ego took a hit. It doesn’t mean he feels insulted by the Seahawks offer. It doesn’t mean he’s fishing for more offers from other teams. It just means he’s going home to think about it and hopes to make a decision this weekend.

  25. if this guy is given a good secondary like seattles, i can see him breaking the sack record. he has never had a good secondary in his career.

  26. It’s probably between retirement and signing on with the Seahawks for a bargain basement salary…’sit home and watch NFL Sunday ticket or perhaps win a SB ring in 2015’…so many decisions in life.

  27. Yep…perhaps.
    Corey Wootton joining Vikings
    March 20, 2014, 8:58 PM EDT
    The Vikings have snapped up one of the top remaining defensive free agents. Bears defensive lineman Corey Wootton has reached a one-year deal with the Vikings, agent Mike McCartney said on Twitter on Thursday night. Wootton later confirmed the news via his Twitter account. Wootton started 15 games for Chicago in 2013, recording 34 tackles…

  28. Imagine being a Left or Right Tackle in the NFC West (except for Joe Staley, because he is so exceptionally good……… & that’s coming from a Hawkball fan).

    You gotta go up against either Bennett or Avril for a while, and just when you both are starting to fatigue……here comes Jared Allen, while Bennett or Avril goes and gets a Gatorade.

    QB with no time


    Legion of Boom

    Like that match-up.

    Let’s go ahead and sign that contract, Jared…….take your time…….take the weekend…say your goodbyes….

    “I’m gonna go hang out with Percy, Tarvaris, Farwell, Bevell & maybe Sidney…..might even try and get Winfield on board…..I’ll show you my ring when I see ya….bye”

  29. Jared Allen knows better then to sign with the seahawks for one is the chances of the Hawks repeating as champ is like the Vikings winning a SB which is slim to none lol and am a Viking fan he want to start and get paid reasonably for it so do the Right thing Jared and sign with the Patriots

  30. Seattle may increase the guarantee money but I don’t think they will give more than 6 to 6.5. There cap flexibility is about 15.5 and they want to save most of that for Wilson, Sherman and Thomas. hey Jared do you want a SB ring or not?

  31. Seattle has tons of outdoor appeal. You can catch salmon in puget sound. Eastern Washington is a redneck/hunting paradise. And you can go down to lake unioun in the middle of town hop on a float plane and land in The middle of Alaska/Montana a few hours later. Hell of a way to spend the bye week Jared.

  32. The only thing holding up this deal is that he is requesting $10 million a year where the Seahawks are cap wise can’t afford Allen unless he goes under $10 million a year.If Allen really wants a chance at a ring, he’d take half that, the Hawks need to save up for players like Sherman, Wilson and Thomas.

  33. Couple of things:

    Allen only follows 71 pple on Twitter. Abt 4 NFL players: Vikings page, Strahan, Adrian Peterson AND Russell Wilson (thought that was interesting)

    I’m glad he’s taking his time. His wife visited here sounds like -she probably wanted to talk to someone abt schools, housing, etc. Allen prob. thot he’d finish his career in Minn. Who knows maybe he’s just testing the water & doesn’t really want to leave. I don’t think it’s abt money.

    Wikipedia says he’s a Seahawk.

  34. Great player! Packers are glad he’s gone from Minny. Still a great situational pass rusher, but probably has seen his best days as an all around DE. Stiil lots of “Hog Ties” left in his career. Best of luck cowboy!!

  35. Raiders are going to pull the rug out from under the Seahags on this one. Watch. As the saying goes, money talks …

  36. yes he went home to pack. getting the family logistics done..yes with this secondary plus bennett,avril. he will have a great season and a ring. seattle has the the team all want to play for. macdonald was pulled off the scrap heap….nobody wanted him, the coaching staff is second to none, now he signs a multi million contract with another team..speaks volumes for carrol and his staff.

  37. Jared has a chanse to MAYBE play for a ring but for sure he will make some money. Would anyone in there right mind even leave 5 million on the table. The story is Jared has been smart with his money so he don’t need to play. Well leaving even a mil on the table to play a game not smart.

  38. Allen a disgruntled Viking
    No rings were not to his liking
    To win a ring hey
    Come to Green Bay
    Green and Gold is really quite striking

  39. He will def sign with the Seahawks in order to have a chance to win a SB. In 2009 and 10 he and Bevel were convincing Favre to come back to the Vikes in order to give them a shot. He and AP are competitors and have been itching ever since to go back to the big dance and beyond. Make no mistake, he will even take a cut to join the Seahawks for a chance to win it all.

  40. He was going to sign until he got to Seattle and saw how full of themselves they are. Not Allen’s style at all, he’s not a show boat.
    Anyone that rocks a #69 jersey has to be a bit of an Attention…Craver. He’s seen the bottom. Come to Seattle, JA, and go out on top.

  41. Really appreciate how Seattle’s handled everything so far…

    Three steps ahead of the rest of the league; no reaching trying to fill gaps, no overpaying.

    Seattle is playing chess while the rest of the league is playing checkers.

  42. Read between the lines…

    The Hawks have an amount they won’t exceed; after all, though he’d be great to have, we don’t really need him.

    Instead Seattle offers the best place to play, the best coach, the best city, the best defense and the best fans…

    Allen really wants to sign but his agent wants the cash.

    Allen just has to decide the benefits outweigh the hit in pay; and he will.

    Winning SBs is fun. You guys should try it.

  43. whosgotitbetterthanruss says: Mar 20, 2014 5:41 PM

    It’s basically a done deal. He knows what the right choice is.

    Where did John Schneider go for his 2nd Seahawks Super Bowl ring?

    He went to Jared.

    THAT IS ACTUALLY REALLY FUNNY. Nice post whosgotitbetterthanruss

  44. I hope Jared can meet with the Giants too and the Packers and the Chiefs and Baltimore and the 49ers and any other teams that want to take him out for the best steak in town! Ha! Enjoy the tour Jared!

  45. He wants guaranteed money; hawks aren’t sure he even makes the team (see Antoine Winfield). Probably a contract laden with bonus incentives with a ring at the end of the year. Tough choice for Jared.

  46. Im guessing its more to do with possibly being a situational pass rusher then the money. Seattle has a great shot to be back in playoffs at least. Maybe a shot at a ring is not as important to him as playing time who knows.

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