Seattle Seahawks Smart to Avoid Trade for Jared Allen

By Todd Pheifer
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Am I missing something here? The Seattle Seahawks have a great defense. Certainly the D is not perfect and there is always room for improvement. However, did the ‘Hawks really need to go out and explore a trade for Jared Allen of the Minnesota Vikings, assuming the rumors were true?

Winning in the NFL is often about depth at key positions, but is defensive end the highest priority right now? Does this mean that Pete Carroll does not trust Chris Clemons and Cliff Avril? Is Bruce Irvin not providing enough pressure from the linebacker spot? Is Michael Bennett slacking off?

On some level you have to give Carroll and John Schneider the benefit of the doubt. They have gotten the team this far. Seattle has the tools and the talent to make a very serious run at the Super Bowl.

However, if you are going to start surrendering draft picks, might it be better to shop for an offensive lineman or two? Isn’t that a higher priority after the St. Louis Rams put Russell Wilson on the turf seven times during Monday Night Football?

This isn’t about the money. Allen was going to be an expensive addition, but the Seahawks would have been paying a prorated salary to a guy who was unlikely to be re-signed in the offseason. If Paul Allen wanted to scratch out a check for a rental, that is his prerogative.

Maybe this was an anticipatory move. Perhaps Carroll and Schneider operate under the philosophy that you can never have enough pass rushers and one is eventually going to get hurt. Who knows? Maybe it would have been Jared Allen who got the crucial sack against Andrew Luck or Peyton Manning in the Super Bowl.

I guess we’ll never know.

Todd Pheifer covers the Seattle Seahawks for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @tpheifer, “Like” him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google+.

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