For a few moments, this looked like a done deal…
Jared Allen is working on final details of a contract with the SB champion Seattle Seahawks. Barring unforeseen issues, he could sign today
— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) March 20, 2014
But then came the following…
Jared Allen heads home. After what were termed “good discussions” with #Seahawks, they made an offer. He’ll consider, decide this weekend
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 20, 2014
Allen's wife, Amy, accompanied him on this second trip to Seattle. Seahawks are very interested in getting this done. Stay tuned
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) March 20, 2014
For me it looks like the Seahawks are making a big push — just not financially.
If the numbers were right, this would probably be done by now. Instead, the Seahawks aren’t budging.
They’re not going to be offering a salary in the $9-10m range — the sum it’s believed Allen is looking for.
Their offer could be half that.
This could easily be the sticking point and why Allen is going away to have another think.
He could go through the rigours of training camp and a long season — all for a price he believes is too low — for the chance to fight for an elusive Championship ring.
Or he can walk away. Retire. Move on from football.
Not because he wants to — simply on a point of principal.
It says something for Seattle that he’s even considering this. I’m not sure there are many teams that could say — “We’re not going to pay you anything near what you want, but sign for us anyway” — and actually have a shot.
Although ending the visit and heading home could be one last powerplay to try and get the price up a little higher.
It’d be a major boost for the Seahawks if he does accept their offer. Currently they’re a veteran down having cut Chris Clemons. They need an established right end — and it’d allow Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett to attack the left side of the line as they did emphatically in the playoffs.
Options are running out in free agency if they want to add a veteran. Although a pass rush led by Avril and Bennett, supported by players like Benson Mayowa, would still cause problems.
Yet having come this far, it’d be a disappointment not to close the deal.
The agonising wait for news on first Henry Melton and now Jared Allen continues.
Seahawks fans will be hoping for a positive conclusion.
*** Update ***
Meanwhile former San Diego guard Stephen Schilling has signed today, adding some much needed depth to the offensive line.