A deal that seemed definite to happen this week fell through. Free agent defensive end Jared Allen visited the Seattle Seahawks, and everyone thought he was putting pen to paper during that visit. Turns out we were all fooled, and the New England Patriots should make a last minute phone call to convince him to play in Foxborough.
As it stands, the Patriots’ roster has only three DEs on it, and only two of them have any game experience. The least experienced out of the two is Jake Bequette, who has accumulated zeroes in every statistical category in his eight games on the field over the last two seasons. So, the Patriots really only have one DE under contract with game experience right now. I know the draft is coming soon, but that still doesn’t add any NFL experience to the roster at this position.
Allen has only missed three games in his entire 10-year career. He is a five-time Pro Bowler and had 11.5 sacks as a 31 year old last season. That’s not bad seeing as the now 24-year-old Chandler Jones had the same number of sacks in his second season for the Patriots last year. Along with getting tremendous productivity, if the Patriots signed Allen, they could get much needed veteran leadership at the DE position.
I know Allen wants around $10 million per year in his next, and probably last contract. The Patriots only have about $7 million left in cap space, but cutting some dispensable players to make just enough room to entice Allen would be a great option. That would also take some convincing to get him to sign in New England. The convincing would consist of the chance to win a Super Bowl before he retires, and play on the opposite side of one of the best, if not the best young DEs in the game right now in Jones.
After signing Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner, along with getting Tommy Kelly and Jerod Mayo back this season, signing Allen would make the Patriots’ defense one of the few elite defenses in the NFL.