The Green Bay Packers have been quiet so far in free agency. That’s usually the way Ted Thompson does things though; he sits back and lets the market set itself. That way, Green Bay can sign a player on a bargain deal after the hype has died down. Last year, Packer fans saw Clay Matthews decline. Although that is a tough pill to swallow, it is also the hard truth of it.
In 2013, the Packers finished in the top 10 for sacks. It should be noted that the Packers’ best pass rusher this past season was Matthews. But he only had 7.5 sacks, which is something we aren’t accustomed to seeing. Mike Neal is likely to sign with another team in free agency after his career seasons. Also, it seems like B.J. Raji will test the market as well. By knowing that, I’m going to go out on a limb and say that the Packers should go after Jared Allen in the coming days.
Throughout his career, Allen has terrorized the Packers being in their division. Although the Minnesota Vikings have never really been anything special, Allen has still been a contributor for the most of his illustrious career. In Minnesota, Allen has played in the 4-3 scheme. The Packers run a 3-4 scheme, but that doesn’t mean Allen couldn’t find a role in Green Bay. Allen is the perfect epitome of a veteran player, and I believe the Packers should go after the 11-year veteran. People will say that he has declined since his 22-sack year in 2011, but Allen still had 11.5 sacks in 2013.
There is reason why the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks are interested in him. Not only does he provide a beneficial locker room presence, but he also brings the swagger to be a good pass rusher across from Matthews. Having Matthews and Allen on the outside would be monumental towards this defense’s success in 2014 and so on. When you have two quality defensive ends on the outside, opposing teams have to prepare for you. The best thing about Allen is how he makes players around him better. He is part of the reason Minnesota had such a dominant defensive line in 2009.
Allen is a proven player in the NFL, and he would be a good fit in Green Bay. Instead of relying on the inconsistent Nick Perry across from Matthews, the Packers could have Allen on the outside to get after the quarterback. Teams will never have enough pass rushers in the NFL, and Allen could benefit this Packers defense in many ways. With plenty of cap space, the Packers could sign Allen to a three-year worth around $21 million. This deal will be extremely similar to the one DeMarcus Ware just got from the Broncos. It doesn’t seem like Allen is going to sign with a team anytime soon. That said, Ted Thompson and co. should pick up the phone to give Allen a holler.