Jared Allen Rumors: Latest News, Speculation on Vikings, Seahawks, Bucs and More

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistMarch 8, 2014

Updates from Saturday, March 22

Ed Werder of ESPN has more on Allen: 

Jared Allen was accompanied on his second visit to the Seattle Seahawks by his wife, family members and his agent. But any sense they were brought together presuming an introductory news conference disintegrated when they left Seahawks headquarters and returned to their family offseason home in Arizona without finalizing a contract or otherwise committing to join the defending Super Bowl champions.

In a text message later Thursday, Allen said, "We are heading home and will consider their offer and I'll make my decision this weekend."

Updates from Friday, March 21

Ed Werder of ESPN has an interesting note on Allen:

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network adds more info on Allen's thought process:

Updates from Thrurday, March 20

Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports Jared Allen has an offer from the Seahawks on the table:

Mike Garafolo of Fox sports says Allen will consider this and other offers this weekend:

Ed Werder of ESPN previously said the two sides were finalizing the agreement:

Rapoport reported on Allen's visit with the Seahawks::

Albert Breer of NFL.com added:

Updates from Wednesday, March 19

ESPN's Ed Werder reports how much Jared Allen is seeking during contract negotiations:

With the Cowboys likely out of the mix, Werder later reported on the next team that could potentially sign Allen:

Updates from Tuesday, March 18

Ian Rapoport of NFL.com has the latest on Jared Allen's free agency:

Clarence Hill Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram provides an update on Jared Allen's meeting with the Cowboys:

Fox Sports 1's Mike Garafolo has more on Allen's situation with the Cowboys:

NFL.com's Gregg Rosenthal (via NFL.com's Ian Rapoport) reiterated:

Rapoport reports that the team is now unlikely to sign Jared Allen. A source familiar with the situation says there are other places still in the mix for Allen that are better fits. A decision is expected by Allen on his future by the end of the week.

Updates from Monday, March 17

Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports on one team that has been getting all of Jared Allen's attention of late:

Updates from Wednesday, March 12

Jeff Dickerson of ESPN reports that the Bears aren't in the hunt for Allen this offseason:

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk is reporting that Seattle has yet to speak to Allen:

Per a source with direct knowledge of the situation, the Seahawks have not yet spoken to Allen’s representatives.  That doesn’t mean they won’t, but they haven’t.  Yet.

And for good reason.  If, as it appears, Allen wants more than the market will bear for a pass rusher on the wrong side of 30, the Seahawks won’t want to pay that.  If, at some point, the Seahawks sense that a bargain could be had, the Seahawks could make a move.

Updates from Tuesday, March 11

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora has details on where Jared Allen could sign with this offseason:

After the Dallas Cowboys released DeMarcus Ware, the Broncos shifted their plan, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter:


Original Text

Jared Allen has been one of the best pass-rushers in the NFL for the past decade, but he will now try to find a new home where he can succeed on both an individual and team level.

The 31-year-old defensive end has totaled 128.5 sacks in his 10-year career with the Minnesota Vikings and Kansas City Chiefs. He ranks 12th all time in this category and only John Abraham has more among active players.

While some people might think that he has lost a step over the years, they only have to look back to last season when he finished with 11.5 sacks. In an interview on SiriusXM NFL Radio, Allen explained his mindset going into the offseason:

The veteran also explained exactly what he is looking for in his next team:

This is similar to the mindset he had during the season when he hinted that he would be changing teams this spring, via Tom Pelissero of USA Today:

If I continue to play, you want to try to win a championship at some point. Personal accolades can only go so far. ...I don't want to be chasing the ring. I want to earn the ring. I want to be somewhere, and obviously, you've got to have parts in place and you've got to be contenders.

As a result, Allen is at the very least going to test the free-agent market before considering re-signing with the Vikings, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com:

The Vikings finished 5-10-1 last season and are clearly a long way from a championship. However, Ben Goessling of ESPN.com also argues that a lack of fit with new coach Mike Zimmer's system could prevent a reunion:

Zimmer's defenses traditionally have emphasized run discipline, particularly on the defensive line, over big sack numbers. ...Zimmer said again on Thursday that the Vikings will emphasize run defense in their linemen's techniques and assignments, and added Allen would have to decide whether he would buy into the scheme the coach is planning to run. 

For a player who has been primarily a pass-rusher his entire career, it seems like Allen will have to find a new location.

As far as new destinations go, ESPN.com's Paul Gutierrez speculated that the defensive end would fit well with the Oakland Raiders, noting that they have the cap room to complete a deal as long they "don't mortgage the future."

However, the Raiders might be even further away from a title. Allen addressed this possibility in his radio interview:

Another team that could be looking for a pass-rushing specialist is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who recently hired former Vikings coach Leslie Frazier as their defensive coordinator. Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times notes that this would be a perfect fit, considering "production has been sorely missed by the Bucs at defensive end."

With 35 total sacks last season, the Buccaneers ranked ahead of just eight other teams. After transforming the defensive secondary last offseason, the squad could help solidify the defense with an elite pass-rusher.

Elliot Harrison of NFL.com also mentioned this possible fit as someone who can fill Tampa Bay's biggest need for this offseason.

Still, the one thing this destination lacks is a legitimate chance to win a Super Bowl, especially with the quarterback situation still uncertain. On the other hand, he could look to a team that came one win away from a title this past season.

Mike Klis of The Denver Post notes that Allen would fill a position of need and he would be the best option on the market:

The Broncos would like to add an elite pass rusher, either through free agency or the draft, to play opposite Von Miller in 2014. The talented pool of free-agent defensive ends could include Justin Tuck, Michael Bennett, former Doherty High School star Lamarr Houston and Michael Johnson.

But no one could equal Allen's reputation. Allen might be expensive, but with a salary cap of about $140 million, the Broncos have some money to spend.

Behind Peyton Manning, Denver posted the most points in NFL history this past season. However, the defense could use some help, especially after the embarrassing performance in the Super Bowl.

Allen could help put the squad over the top and bring home the Lombardi Trophy. Although he might have to take a smaller role with the Broncos, this location would give the veteran everything else he is looking for in a new destination.


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