Pass rusher Jared Allen was in Seattle on Sunday, as Field Gulls' spy Michael Sanders reported, and it was confirmed he was meeting with the Seahawks for his first free agent visit. Allen is scheduled to meet with the Cowboys though, this week, and is evidently looking to push his price up to somewhere near $10M per year - a number that seems unlikely to be paid this late in the free agency period. Allen has threatened to retire if he doesn't get a deal he finds fair.
Allen has 128.5 sacks in his 10 year career, more than any other player in that time, hasn't missed a game in six seasons, and hasn't had less than 11 sacks in a season for seven years. He's remarkably consistent, so frankly I guess I don't really blame him for thinking he's worth that money. The problem of course is that he'll be 32 this season, and teams may balk at his value because of the possibility/probability for decline. Allen will probably counter that 32-year old DE Robert Mathis just came off of a 19.5 sack season.
So, we'll see what the Cowboys can do. Dallas is also competing with the Seahawks for the services of free agent defensive tackle Henry Melton, so considering they have about $7M in cap space, signing Melton and Allen could be a stretch for even them. The last I've heard on Melton is that while he meets with the Cowboys in his home state of Texas, he continues negotiating with several other teams, reportedly the Vikings and Seahawks, so this thing is far from over.
Stay tuned. Seattle may be adding to their pass rush in the coming days.