According to an ESPN report Thursday night, free agent defensive end Jared Allen is making his second visit to Seattle. He was at Seahawks headquarters over the weekend, then flew to Dallas for a Tuesday meeting. But the Cowboys spent most of their remaining cap room Thursday to sign DE Henry Melton, a hometown guy who played at the University of Texas.
ESPN reporter Ed Werder in Dallas tweeted Allen’s plans.
Sources: Jared Allen making second visit to SB champion Seahawks and could decide whether to join them in next few days.
— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) March 20, 2014
Allen, who last year had 11 sacks with the Minnesota Vikings, said before free agency that he would consider retiring if he didn’t get a market value deal. He also said he wanted to play somewhere with a chance to win.
Allen, 32, probably knew what Seattle was prepared to offer after his first visit, so a return seems to suggest the Seahawks were at least close. The Seahawks have two quality ends under contract in Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril, but cut Chris Clemons and Red Bryant in free agency to save room under the cap.
The Seahawks don’t want to guarantee more than a single year to Allen, because they will need cap room to pay for upgrades to FS Earl Thomas, CB Richard Sherman and QB Russell Wilson