Allen's options narrowing in free agency

Jared Allen is one of the top free agents left on the market and could have his options narrowed to two. He visited one over the weekend and has another scheduled for Tuesday.

Jared Allen made his first official visit over the weekend after being rumored to have been talking about an identical three-year, $30 million offer that DeMarcus Ware accepted last week. The Broncos went with Ware over Allen, and Allen visited Seattle this weekend, which has been very inactive in free agency despite cutting 10 players who were seen as critical heading into their 2013 Super Bowl championship season.

Allen left Seattle without a contract and a scheduled visit to Dallas coming on Tuesday, according to NFL.com. He is apparently still searching for the right contract offer, which may or may not come his way.

While not viewed as a deal-breaker, the history of free agency, especially in recent years, has it that a team who covets a player for their scheme "won't let him leave the building." Translation: If you want to make sure a free agent doesn't make a deal with somebody else (unless you're Emmanuel Sanders – see below), you make sure you get his autograph on a hastily prepared contract.

That didn't happen with Seattle and Jared Allen. It may not be over with Seattle – the Seahawks cut DE Red Bryant and lost DE Chris Clemons, both who subsequently signed with Jacksonville.

But, as things stand, either Allen's asking price is too high or the Seahawks need a little more time to weigh the pros and cons of giving an eight-figure deal on a team that is going to have a lot of players coming up for second contracts in the next couple of years.

As for now, Seattle is keeping its cards close to the vest. Perhaps if a rumor starts that a team is pursuing Allen hard, it may spur the Seahawks into action. But for now they're saying, "thanks, but no thanks."

MONDAY NOTES

  • Emmanuel Sanders and his agent seemed like a couple of guys who asked girls to the prom only to have a much better prospect become available and presented their corsages elsewhere. According to multiple reports, the Kansas City Chiefs thought they had a deal done with Sanders. Chiefs officials claimed Sanders' agent, Steve Weinberg, accepted the proposed deal in principle. That's where is got interesting. After that tacit agreement, Weinberg got a call from Tampa Bay and started talking with the Bucs. Then Denver came calling and Sanders saw a chance to play with Peyton Manning instead of Alex Smith or Josh McCown and a deal got done. On Sunday, Sanders was smiling for photo ops with John Elway and John Fox, not Andy Reid. This story isn't over.

  • Vikings decision-makers were in Louisville Sunday interviewing Cardinals QB Teddy Bridgewater. He and his teammates, including anticipated first-round safety Calvin Pryor, are having their pro day on Monday.

  • He hasn't been told whether they will sign him, but Vikings free agent offensive tackle J'Marcus Webb met with Kansas City last week.

  • After signing Brandon Albert last week, it would appear that Bryant McKinnie's hometown Dolphins won't be bringing him back. It may mark the end of McKinnie's NFL career … or until some team loses a left tackle during the 2014 season and hopes that McKinnie has kept himself in playing shape. In short, if he isn't signed in the next couple of months, that's probably it for Big Mac.


    John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.
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