No word yet on Jared Allen decision


Free-agent defensive end Jared Allen planned to take the weekend to make a decision regarding his future.

If a decision has been made, it’s yet to be announced or leaked.

The options appear to be:  (1) signing with the Seahawks; (2) signing with the Cowboys or someone else; (3) retiring; or (4) doing nothing.

The other alternative would be to wait until later in the offseason, possibly as late as August.  Which would make sense if the offers aren’t at the level where they need to be.

In Seattle, it’s likely that the offer isn’t where Allen wants it to be.  As best we can tell, the Seahawks have a number that fits with their cap situation, and they’re not moving off it.

If Allen isn’t moving below where he wants to be, the ultimate decision could be to call it a career.  Unless he wants to add a Super Bowl appearance and possible victory to the career he already has had.

71 responses to “No word yet on Jared Allen decision

  1. Not a hawks fan, but I think he will regret it if he retires. There will be plenty of years to not play– this may be his last best chance at a ring, and I’m sure the money will still be better than 99% of us will ever make in a year…

  2. Maybe the Vikes can ask Captain Munnerlyn to kick in a little to bring Allen back. According to recent reports, is sounds like the Captain has some disposable income to burn….$1M on a “going away” party…Fred Smoot would be proud….

  3. Hey, you all act like it’s so easy to go play for another team for a few million dollars. If he does that, he’ll have to leave Minnesota for a brief time, and that is very difficult to do. If you don’t believe me, ask one of the thousands of Packer fans in the state. Once they move here, you can’t get them out of here with a crowbar.

  4. What’s with the last line here, sounds like you are guaranteeing that SEA makes the SB but only has a chance to win. Why can’t the NFC rep be the…or the…oh wait I see what you mean there’s not a lot of candidates to choose from.

  5. He has offers he simply doesn’t want. He thinks he’s better than the money that’s on the table from not only Dallas, Seattle and the mysterious “other teams”. This is why ego is a “B” and guys always think they deserve top dollar. Sometimes it works out, most times it doesn’t and they need to realize, while they’re wanted, they’re on the wrong side of 30 and the drop off is coming. Some it happens slower than others, but the drop does eventually come.

  6. .
    Like the Patriots, the Seahawks are very tough when it comes to the cap. They don’t want to pay for past performance.


  7. Use that money to give Avril an extension. He played well for Seattle last year and fits their system. Or, work on Sherman or Thomas’ contracts…keeping them happy will be money well spent, and keep the core of a great defense together for another 4-5 years.

  8. He is going to mull it over a few bottles and decide. Does he want to win a Super Bowl or have more money when he retires for his AA meetings.

  9. No way this guy retires. He’s just waiting for the best offer, whoever it’s from. The ring is icing on the cake if they can get it. It’s always about the $$$$$.

  10. The Hawks are not going to spend big money because they dont absolutely need Allen… He would be an excellent addition and a nice to have but not a must have…. The bottom line is they are going to need cap to keep Thomas Sherman and Wilson they will add guys who are looking to help us get a ring and get themselves one in return… That is why Allen would be a great fit 3 year get a ring then retire.

    Come on out Allen the 12’s would love to have you.

  11. No, the problems is that Jared is a cowboy ( not the team) and Seattle is full of hippies. Not conducive to his lifestyle and he would have to be a part of the hippie community working on hippie stuff. Not exactly a perfect place for a meat eater hunter like Jared. If you think that it doesn’t play into his decision you really don’t know him.


  13. I read that Allen had a “walk away number”. That meant if his deal wasn’t worth that number, he’d retire.

    My guess is that his big decision over the weekend was whether playing for a contender like Seattle was worth going below his walk away number.

  14. When he played for Minnesota he was safe from public humiliation. Viking games are never broadcast nationally. Going to Seattle would be different. Do you really think he wants a slew of rookie OTs schooling him like they did the past few seasons?

  15. The guy is way over rated. He pads his sack totals in one or two games against a third stringer that was forced to play because of injuries.

    Now I can understand that he wants out of that hell hole of the last place Vikings. But the thought of being a 12 man in a huddle away from a Superbowl has to eat at him on a daily basis. He should pick a contending team and take the discount and play.

  16. How does a guy who is part of a loosing team demand anything. He should be thankful he has a place to play a game and make money. The fact that these players think they can get big bucks without producing big results is mind boggling.

  17. He needs to find a team with cap space … also know as ‘a team with a QB on his rookie deal’.

  18. Allen has said he admires Sanders retiring at the top of his game and in good health. If the money isn’t right he would retire. When you are stuck on a team for the past few years with a losing ( not loosing people misspelled words are underlined) mentality it can be quite demoralizing. Surprised he never relapsed and turned to the bottle again. Hate to see players hang around too long like Favre. At least Allen had the sense to get out of there.

  19. Neither side is in any hurry here. I suspect this will all get worked out in due time. Remember, Allen was buddies with Lord Favre.

  20. Actually his options appear to be:
    1) Sign for less money than he wants to play for a team he doesn’t want to be on, or,
    2) Wait until a team he wants to play for offers him a deal he can live with.

  21. Hawks probably offered him some “slap in the face” deal, like they did Tate and they will inevitably offer Thomas or Sherman when their deals come up – forcing one of them to bolt…they ain’t the 90’s Cowboys, they can’t keep EVERYONE HAPPY -chew on that one unapologetic Hawks fans ’cause that day’s coming…say otherwise all ya want, but that day is coming. 🙂

    “Can’t wait!” – Bart Scott

  22. People say Jared has been smart with his finance’s. If that’s the case is leaving any Million of dollars to retire be being financially smart. I think players sometimes loose the sense of the MILLIONS they make. Any one of us would play for $100,000 dollars if able. Don’t understand. Go Hawks!

  23. He comes with a lot of baggage, as the hapless and tasteless Vikings have finished in last place in three of the last four seasons. No doubt the Seahawks can smell the rancid stench of losing on him.

  24. I think he should be a borderline HoF when its said and done, but to me I wouldn’t vote for him if he were to retire over not getting enough money to join a super bowl winner that looks like the favorite to win again this year.

    you are a football player, you claim you are a HOF and one of the best pass rushers of all time, yet you haven’t won big. you have been on perennial losers your entire career. even that strong Vikings roster underachieved years ago with him and the Williams Wall.

    you want us to believe you are that great? take the millions seattle is offering, still more than 99.9 percent of the population will ever seen, and go win a super bowl. go rush the passer and show us all the difference maker you are. otherwise, why would I vote for you over Charles Haley?

  25. Allen is currently #12 in career sacks. And it’s a list he keeps taped to his locker. He could end his career as high as #3 with three more years of double digit sacks.

    But he’s not going to get those sacks as a rotational player who lines up for about 50% of the defensive snaps. And that is exactly what the Hawks are looking for.

    (Bennett was the heaviest used DL in 2013 and he was in for only 57% of all plays. No DL has lined up for more than 64% of plays since Carroll has been coaching the Hawks.)

  26. thelionsrgreat says:
    Mar 24, 2014 9:12 AM
    Dude is so overrated I just don’t get it.
    I believe you don’t get it. You just stated that every single defensive end of the past 10 years is overrated, because Allen is #1 in sacks. How can anyone be #1 at anything, and be “overrated”?

  27. At some point in your career after making millions and millions of dollars, it has to be about putting yourself in the best possible opportunity to get a ring. Think the closest he’s got is when Farve was QB. He’s a ten year vet, can’t possibly be hurting for money plus he’s already over the NFL retirement years so he will get a check for life.

  28. “The options appear to be: (1) signing with the Seahawks; (2) signing with the Cowboys or someone else; (3) retiring; or (4) doing nothing.”

    Seriously? “Signing with the Cowboys OR SOMEONE ELSE?” Captain Obvious strikes again.

    My options for today are:
    1.) go to the gym
    2.) go somewhere other than the gym
    3.) not go anywhere at all

    I had to do some serious thinking to make this list, but it really helped me crystallize my options.

  29. Seattle is the only team after Allen that has a shot to go deep in the playoffs, and possibly reach the SB next year.

    Allen has stated he wants a shot at a SB ring. He’s also stated he wants to be paid. I.E. no discount.

    I guess we’ll see which one is more important because Seattle probably will not pay him the 10 mill per (from what I’ve read) he wants.

    Washington & Texas do not have a state income tax. So this is a wash.

    He’d be a great addition to Seattle but, Seattle, I believe, won’t break the bank to sign him.

  30. When you factor in:

    – Teams that don’t play 4-3
    – Teams that are not playoff contenders
    – Teams with no money to spend

    That makes the market for Allen pretty small.

  31. The vikings are far from the worst football team I kan name at least five if your gonna troll at least be smart about it

  32. jimmydixx12 says:
    Mar 24, 2014 11:11 AM

    Hawks probably offered him some “slap in the face” deal, like they did Tate and they will inevitably offer Thomas or Sherman when their deals come up – forcing one of them to bolt…they ain’t the 90′s Cowboys, they can’t keep EVERYONE HAPPY -chew on that one unapologetic Hawks fans ’cause that day’s coming…say otherwise all ya want, but that day is coming. 🙂
    lil jimmy here must be a rams fan with his unique combination of seahawk envy and dimwitted stupidity. Tate was offered what he was worth by us, and given more than what he’s worth by Detroit. good for him. Thomas will get locked up 1st, and get close to the #’s he desires. Sherman, much like the great Russell Wilson, has made it crystal clear that if he gets in the neighborhood of fair, he will stay cuz being the best is most important. Bitter hawks haters, chew on THAT, cuz a dynasty is inevitable. say otherwise all you want, your denial is such entertainment.

  33. khmer379 says:
    Mar 24, 2014 12:47 PM

    The vikings are far from the worst football team I kan name at least five if your gonna troll at least be smart about it
    hahaha, no, you can’t. cuz there aren’t 5 teams who are worse to be able to name. maybe 1…..maybe 2…..not 5 though.

  34. Don’t know if anyone else heard this, but I heard on a local radio station he has been in contact with the Green Bay Packers. They would be the other option, plus Allen said he would like to play there. Whatever he decides, to do, I wish him the best.

  35. I know pot is now legal here in Seattle (Washington), but some of the 12th man are delusional not just stoned to think the Seahawks are gonna win another Superbowl after the off seasons mass exodus. You have lost almost half of your starting lineup on both sides of the ball. Yes you have replacements but you wont have the continuity. Finally, Those who doubt Allen… 6 years 10+ sacks, 14.5 sacks/year average, he is worth the money, no one else has done what he has recently.

  36. Man the Seattle Fan’s act as if they’ve won more than 1 SB, wow, I guess the rest of the NFL might as well stay home next season. I’ve never seen so much talk after winning 1 SB. Crow is coming soon…

  37. If Allen is going to take less money or even gets the deal he wants you are not going to see him jump at it. He’s a vet who is very secure with his play and does NOT like training camp. He hardly did anything a few years back at the Pro Bowl. He is an intense player and will chase QB’s like a rabid dog when it’s game time. Otherwise he’s all fun and games. He’s a team player during games and in the locker room. I don’t want to imply he is lazy. He just simply knows what he is capable of and won’t be pushed around.

  38. Prediction….

    Jared Allen will eventually sign with Seattle at a bargain basement price thus leaving any money earmarked for Thomas, Sherman and Wilson untouched.

  39. I have not been on this site in awhile but I had to say something, the vikings are not in the bottom 5 in the nfl the end of the season they were in the 20s so how are they the worse franchise in the nfl. Stop hating on the vikings, and I read Allen has said he was thinking of retiring a viking awhile back. So well see what happens I think he still has at least 1 or 2 years left in him and no way to the packers, I thought you packer fans said the vikings dont have any good players.

  40. I agree with rrthom, Seattle has its core, priority players we intend to spend our money on and JA is not one of them. Sure he would be a great addition but we didn’t have him last year. He’s at the end of his career and will not get the deals that he did in his prime. I don’t see any bidding war. Once his ego catches up with reality, I’m sure he’ll be sign with the team that meets his needs. High performance and competing for spots is expected out of Seahawks — He may not want to put that much effort in.

  41. Vikings finished 8th from the bottom in League and 4th from the bottom in in conference and last in their division.

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