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!
Sources: Jared Allen making second visit to SB champion Seahawks and could decide whether to join them in next few days.
— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) March 20, 2014
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.