Jared Allen is the best free agent DE available. The New England Patriots sorely need a pass rusher. The answer is simple.
The Patriots should try to sign Allen.
Allen previously visited the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks and then went to dinner with the Dallas Cowboys on Monday night, but he has not signed with either as of yet. Allen played with the Kansas City Chiefs from 2004 to 2007 and the Minnesota Vikings from 2008 to 2013. He has averaged 12.85 sacks per season during that time and had 11.5 in 2013. It has also been reported that Allen rejected a $30 million offer from the Denver Broncos, but according to a source, that offer was never actually on the table. Even if it was, now that the Broncos have signed DeMarcus Ware to a $30 million deal, it’s not available to Allen anymore.
If you’re Allen, would you rather go to yet another franchise (Cowboys) that struggles to just make the playoffs or do you want to go to a team that is a contender year in and year out with a head coach that is defensive genius like the Patriots?
You don’t need to actually answer that. It’s rhetorical.
The Patriots have already addressed the position of cornerback by signing Darrelle Revis (possibly the best free agent acquisition of 2014) and Brandon Browner. The Patriots still need a pass rusher, and Allen could help fill that void. Patriots fans should be salivating at the idea of Allen leading the pass rush for New England with Chandler Jones being a complement to Allen on the other side of the D-Line.
Some people may point out that Allen is 32, but as was said above, he had 11.5 sacks in 2013. Clearly Allen can still play. The Patriots somehow managed to sign Revis to what is essentially a one-year, $12 million deal. They should be able to work a 2-3 year deal with Allen.
I know the Patriots organization is very adept at handling distractions and off-field issues, but with Allen that’s not even an issue. Allen is a great locker room guy, and it would be surprising if Patriots head coach Bill Belichick didn’t want him in Foxboro.
The Patriots have a huge need for a pass rusher of Allen’s caliber, and Allen has to be sick of being on teams that don’t really win. The Patriots need to try to make this happen.