Elite pass rusher Jared Allen has reportedly left a meeting with the Seattle Seahawks without signing a deal. It was reported earlier that the two sides were close to agreeing to terms, but apparently, Allen thought it best to take the weekend to think about it. Say what you want about Allen’s age, but there’s no denying that he can still hang with the best of them. In fact, the possible addition of Allen would make the already impressive Seattle defensive line that much more terrifying.
Allen, who recorded 11.5 sacks last season, was reportedly eager to join the Denver Broncos. That fell through when Denver elected to go with DeMarcus Ware instead. The debate regarding who would be the better fit is irrelevant if Allen does indeed join forces with the Super Bowl champs. The possibility of the Broncos regretting their decision could become painfully clear as early as the first game of the 2014 NFL season.
The 31-year-old would team up with recently re-signed defensive end Michael Bennett and defensive end Cliff Avril. On paper, it has the makings to be one of the most devastating pass-rushing attacks in recent memory. And to be honest, the chances of it not transitioning to the field would be slim to none.
Allen has 128.5 career sacks and seven straight seasons with 10 sacks or more. Since joining the Minnesota Vikings in 2008, he’s averaged 14.25 sacks person and never missed a game. Over the past three years, he’s averaged 15.2 sacks per season. Basically, the 10-year veteran is durable, hungry and racks up sacks like nobody’s business.
The only missing piece to Allen’s potential Hall of Fame career is a Super Bowl ring, which he could very well get by signing with the Seahawks. Since he previously stated he would retire if the right amount of money didn’t fall into his lap, one has to wonder how big of a role winning a championship would play in him inking a deal with Seattle, especially since he would get far less money than Ware and Julius Peppers.