Dec 22, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Gio Bernard (25) is tackled by Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen (69) in the third quarter of the game at Paul Brown Stadium. Cincinnati Bengals beat the Minnesota Vikings by the score of 42-14. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowksi-USA TODAY Sports

After Golden Tate's Departure, Jared Allen Should Be High On Seahawks Priority List

Unrestricted free agent Jared Allen is reportedly in talks with the Chicago Bears and Seattle Seahawks while planning on visiting the Denver Broncos soon.

While the Michael Bennett signing a couple days ago was huge for Seattle’s core, the losses of Chris Clemons and Red Bryant cannot be overlooked on the depth chart. Still, neither of them brought everything that Jared Allen brings. Clemons wasn’t the every down kinda guy that could play the run consistently and Bryant wasn’t anything resembling a sack-artist or even a minor disruption to quarterbacks in the pocket.

Jared Allen brings it all to the table. He’s not dominant against the run, but he is far more adequate than Clemons as an every-down end. He’s also not the best at getting to the quarterback, but he certainly would thrive in Seattle’s defensive scheme more than Bryant did. Heck, he’d thrive in Denver and Chicago as well. But here’s where the Seahawks may have just gained the upper hand on both clubs.

The Broncos are running out of cap-room after putting huge deals together for Aqib Talib, DeMarcus Ware and T.J. Ward, all on defense. With Peyton Manning on board for a short while longer it’s obvious their goal is to upgrade their Super Bowl runner-up status and hoist that Lambardi Trophy in the next two or three seasons and if anyone knows about wanting a late run at the championship it’s John Elway. But now with DeMarcus at one end and Von Miller causing havoc as well, there’s not much space for Allen.

Thus, it would seem like the Bears are the steepest competition. They know what Allen brings to the table, they’ve had to face him for the past many years two times per season and he’s terrorized their quarterbacks as much as anyone else’s in the league. No doubt they’ll be down to give him some good cash, but there are two things that could stop him from making the move. a) The Seahawks are closer to a Championship at this point, especially considering the moves the Lions are making and b) the Bears just put contracts up for LB D.J. Williams and DE Lamarr Houston.

Bottom line, Seattle is in prime position to get a great new fit with Allen’s special overall qualities, especially after the Lions signed Golden Tate on Wednesday. The Hawks are now relieved of necessary cap-space they would have needed for that, so they could easily target Allen’s contract demands. Even with two pretty good pieces at defensive end, the Seahawks are always looking for that third and fourth guy to put the pressure on for four quarters.

And while Seattle isn’t Arizona or Miami, it’s certainly a far superior climate to that of Chicago and Denver in the winter months, so that along with the whole Super Bowl play are probably desirable for Allen after playing in a dome for so long with a mediocre franchise.

If the Hawks do in fact make that move, we already know it won’t change their thought process towards the draft or any other piece of the puzzle. Probably would jack Hawk fans back up though. Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril probably wouldn’t mind either.

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  • KloverJane

    Ya don’t waste time. You don’t want him with the Bronkeys. And neither do I.

  • JTGleason

    Allen can be had. Word on the street was that he would have taken Elway’s dough at 3YR/$30M, but for Ware. Even at his age, you could chance an 4th year like Bennett 4YR/$34M with more guarantees up front for retirement/cut option later. It’ll save a little dough for Sherman’s, then Wilson’s contract coming up

  • Istronglydisagree111111

    I strongly disagree. Why go all in on a DE that doesn’t even fit their scheme? Seahawks want DE that can also play LEO end. Allen is strictly a DE. Go get Hatcher, that man can play both positions. We don’t need drama queens and players that are contemplating retirement.

    • JTGleason

      Helyea! Go for Hatcher, whose breakout season comes at age 31? Isn’t it funny how Hatcher had more sacks in 2013, than his previous 4 years combined, and in his FA season? Sounds like he probably hired the same trainer that worked with the Yankees’ A-Rod last off season. I’m sure he’d be great for a multi-year deal

    • AllCoug’dUp (Joshua Davis)

      Guess I just don’t know why they would be confirmed in serious talks with a player that ‘doesn’t fit their scheme’. He does fit and the Hawks could REALLY use ‘just a DE’ of Allen’s ability, which I clearly stated in the piece.

  • Kevin Bilbro

    They should be able to find exactly what they want elsewhere or in the draft. They would’ve been better off keeping Avril or Bryant. Allen is pretty much just a pass rusher. Stopping the run is more of the ‘Hawks m.o.

    • RegisHawk

      Avril’s still on the team (2 year deal).

      I don’t see the FO blinking for Jared Allen. If anything, they’ll play it like they did last year when they picked up both Avril and Bennett later during the off-season. If Allen wants to retire, more power to him, but the rumor of “I’m takin’ my ball and goin’ home!” is no reason for the Seahawks to overspend.

      • AllCoug’dUp (Joshua Davis)

        This I can agree with. As I stated in the piece, the Bears and Broncs have shored up their DE position already, which might not leave any room for Jared and could stretch his free agency out anyway. Plus, the implication that the “fair deal” that he’s looking is one that would cause a team to overspend is generally unfair at this point. The point is that if the Hawks need to slightly overspend for his services and feel like he fits, which I think is obvious since they’re talking, they can.

    • AllCoug’dUp (Joshua Davis)

      Avril is still there, which I also mentioned in the piece. Allen has been a very credible every down guy who gets credit as ‘just a pass rusher’. Also, even if he is ‘just a pass rusher’ at this point in his career, that’s exactly what was said about Clemons when he signed with SEA. No major injuries that I can recall, very productive in a scheme that didn’t give him many 1-on-1′s. By the way, SEA’s pass rush was the reason they won the Super Bowl, not their run stopping ability.


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