Oct 21, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen (69) celebrates the win over the Arizona Cardinals late in the fourth quarter at the Metrodome. The Vikings win 21-14. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Jared Allen to the Bears is actually good news for the Seahawks

Jared Allen signed a mega-deal with the Chicago Bears on Wednesday ending the Seahawks chances of landing the veteran defensive end.

But there is no need to worry.

Sure, the Seahawks could have used Allen’s talents but they never really needed him on their defense which is already among the league’s best.

The Seahawks have already re-signed Michael Bennett to play right end and Cliff Avril or Bruce Irvin could replace Chris Clemons at left end, so did the Seahawks really need Jared Allen?

Seattle’s bigger weakness this offseason is the offensive line, and since Golden Tate has jumped to the Detroit Lions, perhaps the wide receiver position.

Now that Allen has left to the Bears and defensive tackle Henry Melton signed with the Dallas Cowboys, the Seahawks can focus on upgrading the offense rather than trying to improve an already great defense.

And even better, the Seahawks now have more money to spend on Russell Wilson, Richard Sherman, and Earl Thomas next season.

Wilson will make $662,000 next season, Sherman will make $1.4 million and Thomas will make $4.6 million. All three will probably want longer, more expensive contracts after their current ones expire and the Seahawks would be smart to give them what they want.

Signing Allen never really made sense in regards to the Seattle’s financial situation. Allen’s contract with the Bears is worth $32 million for four years with $15.5 guaranteed. There is no plausible way the Seahawks could have afforded the money to land the veteran.

Now that he is off the market, the Seahawks can just relax and wait for the NFL Draft to “upgrade” their defense if they want to.

And, more importantly, they can spend the money they would have spent on Allen on a different position player that they actually need.

They are still reportedly interested in bringing back Sidney Rice and they are also looking for offensive lineman to replace Breno Giacomini who signed with the New York Jets and Paul McQuistan who left for the Cleveland Browns.

While it is disappointing that Allen will not join the defending Super Bowl champs, at the end of the day, it might work out even better for the Seahawks because they didn’t land Allen.

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  • Trakar

    There is a distinct “sour grapes” flavor to this piece that is distasteful, IMO. Allen was always a gamble at best, especially given his desire to play “his way.” I’m not begrudging of him accepting the Bears much more monetarily substantive offer, though I feel it would have been better if he had just rejected Seattle’s offer back last Thursday instead of cultivating hope for an offer he never intended to accept.

    • JTGleason

      If you believe 4 yrs /$32M was the Bears original offer that he was mulling over for a week, and Allen wasn’t just using the Seahawks to up Chicago’s $$, then I’ve got Bears’ Superbowl tickets to sell you… just pay in advance. Seattle wasn’t looking for Jared Allen, he just was available. When Jared said that he’d make his choice by the weekend, then disappeared for days after, the Seahawks didn’t budge, and the Bears’ became his “mark”. Good for Allen. For Seattle, nothing gained was nothing lost… we called his bluff.

      • Adam Smith

        Not exactly the way it sounded when JS was talking about Allen just a few hours before the signing.

        “Though most NFL pundits were expecting a decision from star free agent Jared Allen by the end of the weekend, the five-time All-Pro defensive end could very well still end up with the Seattle Seahawks.

        “I don’t think the door’s closed by any stretch of the imagination,” Seahawks GM John Schneider told NFL.com on Tuesday (March 25th just before Allen signed with Chicago).”

  • monkey

    This article actually shows that the author has a misunderstanding of how most GM go about spending their salary cap money.
    Freeing up money that they were thinking of spending on Allen doesn’t give us more money to spend on re-signing Earl, Sherm and whoever, it just means we still have 6-7 million to play with go sign a defensive lineman.
    That’s because you need to think of the money like you would a pie, that has already been cut up into pieces labeled things like D-Line, O-Line, receivers, running backs, secondary, line backers, quarterbacks, special teams, etc…and has had certain values attached to each of those slices by percentage.
    So d-line might have ten percent of the total salary cap money assigned to it, o-line 11.5% QB’s 15% RB’s 8% etc… Those numbers can fluctuate a bit depending on need, but for the most part, GM’s try to stay within those percentages for each pie, so that money that is designated for say, the secondary, doesn’t end up spent foolishly on overpaying a wide receiver.

    The money for re-signing our superstars has already been earmarked for those purposes, and hasn’t been spent, and will not be spent, until it is spent on those superstars.
    John and Pete both say that they planned for this eventuality (the need to re-sign high profile players at a high cost), long ago. That means they allocated a larger percentage towards that area (secondary) than other areas such as running backs or linebackers.
    The money for those players will come out of the amount allocated to the area (pie slice) they play in. In Earl and Sherm’s case, they both play in the secondary, so that’s where the money will come from. If one of them were a running back though, the money to re-sign him would come out of the running back pie slice.

    Point is, while it’s all one big pie, and there is always wiggle room built in for emergencies and for special cases such as a player they really want suddenly getting cut from their team, John, like most GM’s, has a budget not just for the team as a whole, but for each specific area of the team as well…and they don’t rob from Peter to pay Paul.

    In the end, missing out on Allen is not unexpected, since our offer was so much lower than Chicago’s, but it is a swing and a miss all the same. They will still go try to spend approximately 6-7 million dollars on the D-line though, whether that gets spent on just one player or divided up into two or more player salaries depends on who they are able to find now that the free agent market has mostly dried up.

    • Matthew

      I think that unused cap space rolls over to next years salary cap number

      • monkey

        True Matthew, but that’s not what I was talking about.
        What I was getting at is, the money that would have been used to sign Allen is still available to sign another D-Linemen, but that money is in fact earmarked specifically for the D-Line, not say, a TE.
        Now, John and or Pete could tweak the percentages if they find it necessary to, and use that money elsewhere, but that is something they would consider as last resort. The plan is always disciplined spending within the set parameters, whenever possible.