BY Steve Rudman 06:28AM 03/26/2014

Seahawks Miss On Jared Allen; Signs With Bears

Instead of casting his lot with the Seahawks, five-time Pro Bowler Jared Allen has signed a four-year contract worth $32 million with the Chicago Bears.

DE Jared Allen, with 128.5 career sacks, has reached agreement with the Chicago Bears  on a four-year deal. / Wiki Commons

Five-time Pro Bowl defensive end Jared Allen has spurned the salary-cap challenged Seahawks and signed a four-year contract with the Chicago Bears. According to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport, the Bears will pay Allen $32 million in a deal that voids down to three years and $24 million, of which $15.5 million is fully guaranteed. The likelihood is that this will turn into a two-year deal.

The Seahawks had hoped to add the 31-year-old Allen, who had 11.5 sacks for the Minnesota Vikings last season, to a defense that has lost seven significant players since the Super Bowl, including starting defensive ends Red Bryant and Chris Clemons, both cut to clear cap room.

Allen, who produced seven consecutive double-digit sack seasons and averaged 13 sacks per year over his 10-year career, twice visited with the Seahawks during the last 10 days, seeking a contract similar to the three-year, $30 million deal that the Denver Broncos gave DeMarcus Ware.

Allen said if he didn’t get what he believed he was worth, he would “walk away from the game.”

“It’s a big business decision for him,” Seattle coach Pete Carroll said Monday, when asked if the Seahawks were still in play for Allen’s services. On Tuesday, GM John Schneider told NFL.com, “I don’t think the door’s closed by any stretch of the imagination.”

But it slammed shut early Wednesday when the Seahawks were clearly unable to offer the kind of money Chicago did. That comes as no surprise.

“We’re limited in what we can do in terms of our cap space and what we want to do with our young football team, and he (Allen) has a limit, too, in terms of what he can do,” Schneider told NFL.com. “There just has to be a balance. We had a great visit, he’s a great guy, has a great family.”

Since the free-agent signing period began three weeks ago, the Seahawks have lost nearly a dozen players, including WR Golden Tate to the Detroit Lions, DT Clint McDonald to Tampa Bay, RT Breno Giacomini to the New York Jets, CB Walter Thurmond to the New York Giants and OT/OG Paul McQuistan to the Cleveland Browns — in addition to Bryant and Clemons, both of whom signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Meanwhile, to counter the defections, the Seahawks have added just two players in free agency, wide receiver Taylor Price and guard Stephen Schilling. Due to injuries, Price has played in only since NFL games since New England drafted him in 2011. Schilling, a Bellevue High graduate, appeared in 17 games with two starts for San Diego between 2011-13.

While the Seahawks seemed to represent the best opportunity Allen had to win a Super Bowl (he has been on winning teams in only five of his ten seasons), Chicago’s money clearly talked.

“We’ve got a lot of work to do with our roster,” Carroll told Sirius radio Monday.

Seahawks Free Agent Tracker

Date Player Action Skinny
3/7 OL L. Jeanpierre Re-signed 16 games, 3 starts
3/7 S Jeron Johnson Re-signed Joined as undrafted FA in 2011
3/10 DE Michael Bennett Re-signed 4 years, $16M guaranteed
3/11 TE Anthony McCoy Re-signed Didn’t play in ’13 (Achilles injury)
3/11 DT C. McDonald Signed-TB 4 years, $12 million
3/11 LB O. Schofield Signed-NYG (voided) 2 years, $8 million
3/12 S Chris Maragos Signed-PHI 3 years, $1M guaranteed
3/12 WR Golden Tate Signed-DET 5 years, $13M guaranteed
3/12 DT Tony McDaniel Re-signed 2 years, $6.3 million
3/12 RT Breno Giacomini Signed-NYJ 4 years, $18 million
3/13 QB Tarvaris Jackson Re-signed Played 3 games in 2013
3/14 CB Brandon Browner Signed-NE 3 years, $17 million
3/15 CB Walter Thurmond Signed-NYG 1 year, $3.5 million
3/17 K Steven Hauschka Re-signed 3 years, $9.15 million
3/24 OL Paul McQuistan Signed-CLE 2 years,$3 million, $750K guar.

Seahawks Cuts / Restructures

Date Player Action Skinny
2/28 WR Sidney Rice Cut Saved $7.3 million in cap space
3/11 DE Red Bryant Signed-JAX 4 years, $17 million
3/12 DE Chris Clemons Signed-JAX 4 years, $17.5 million
3/15 TE Zach Miller Restructured Base of $3M, down from $5.8 M

Unsigned Seahawks Free Agents

Player Pos. Age Skinny
Doug Baldwin WR 26 50 receptions, 778 yards, 5 TDs (restricted FA)
Kellen Davis TE 28 15 games, 3 receptions
Michael Robinson FB 31 Seahawk since 2010

Free Agents Signed By Seahawks

Date Player Pos. From Skinny
3/12 Taylor Price WR JAX 26-year-old injured last two years
3/20 Stephen Schilling OG SD Bellevue High, U. of Michigan grad
3/27 Phillip Adams CB Oak 25-yeaar-old inked to one-year deal
4/3 Jorgen Hus LS None UFA did not play in 2013 season

 

 

 


YourThoughts

  • jafabian

    Too bad. He would have more than offset the loss of Bryant and Clemons. DE’s still available are Robert Ayers, Anthony Spencer, Will Smith, Brett Keisel, Ricardo Matthews, Adam Carriker, Jason Hunter and Andre Carter. Smith would be great but I don’t think the Hawks can afford him. Spencer gets a nice amount of sacks annually but is rehabbing.

    If the Hawks only want to offer a one year deal to a free agent then Keisel might be the one to go after. He says after one year he’ll retire after playiing with the Steelers since 2002. He’ll probably re-sign with the Steelers but a chance at another ring might do it.

  • Jeff Shope

    We’ll be fine the seahawks play the run allen can’t spell run defence

  • rosetta_stoned

    This doesn’t bother me at all, as I wasn’t too hot on signing him in the first place.

    His numbers are already starting to decline. Watch them drop like a rock over the next season or two.

    Plus, he’s always been a publicity clown and I’m not sure we need more ego in the locker room.