Dec 23, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen (69) warms up before the game against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

He’s Back! Jared Allen Returns to Northwest for Second Seahawks Visit


Jared Allen and the Seattle Seahawks seems to me like a match made in football heaven right now. Apparently, it might be the only match either wants for the veteran sack-master, as he is headed back to the great Northwest for visit number two!

Not sure why some fans have been saying Allen isn’t a scheme fit for Seattle. With the younger Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett on the roster, not to mention highly-intriguing 3-tech DE Greg Scruggs, Allen would fill the absolutely crucial hole left by Chris Clemons just perfectly. And don’t think because he is older than Clem that he can not produce like Clem. On this defense, he most certainly could, and would.

He did it for however many years in Minnesota for a barely above average defense, if they were even that. With the Legion of Boom and 12th Man behind him, there’s no reason Allen wouldn’t dominate the majority of his lowered snap-totals. And again, with Cliff and Michael coming off the edge on the other pass downs, this defense would return to BEASTING this league.

Interestingly, Allen wanted an over-inflated $12 mil. per year when he came the first time, which the Hawks probably scoffed at pretty heavily, but he’s lowered the asking price and apparently Seattle is at least willing to look at what is now somewhere in the range of $9-10 mil. Since they brought him back, I can’t imagine a scenario in which he leaves a second time without a contract. It’s not by any means confirmed, just don’t see it happening that way.

By the way, if Allen does make the decision to sign here over the weekend, wonder if all the clowns saying “Seattle’s one of the big loser’s of free agency” will be changing their tune? Free agency is far from over for Seattle, but Allen in, with Bennett, McDonald, Hauschka, McCoy and Jackson all retained is a definite WIN in my book, especially with all the stuff that had to be figured out to this point with Bennett and Hauschka.

I still think Mike Rob and McQuistan come back as well, with a receiver (Sydney Rice brought back, or perhaps Kenny Britt whom Seattle has been flirting with, or another quality No. 3) on the way at some point. Time will tell but I think the Hawks will be winners of this 3rd wave of free agency. Major, big-time winners. Haven’t they (the media and the casual NFL fan) figured out this is how the Seahawks operate?

The wait is on for this Allen decision.

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  • J C

    Someone please explain… we released Clemons to save $7.5 in cap space so we can sign someone older than him, in his same position, but for more money? How…? What…? Why…?

    • JTGleason

      $9-$10M is a guess from Joshua, not set as. It maybe closer to $7-$8M. Clemons was due $9.7M for 2015, and don’t expect it would be for much less come his FA in 2016. Bryant was also due $23M over the next 3 years. The cap dump was for to keep Bennett, and prep for Thomas, Sherman, and Wilson later, but they also lost McDonald and the two corners along the way. Now they unexpectedly have $15M cap money to play with, and durable HOF’r Allen could come in as a great bargain. Don’t Knock it!

      • http://Allcougdup.com/ AllCoug’dUp (Joshua Davis)

        This. And also they lost Tate who was gonna be a good chunk. Allen is more of an overall talent than Clem, who is only pass specialist. If Clem could’ve stayed healthy he’d still be here but that injury in Washington really changed his future.