Jared Allen still on fence about joining Seahawks

After meeting with Seattle a second time, the Vikings free agent will consider his options over the weekend

Staff writerMarch 20, 2014 

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Minnesota Vikings new defensive end Jared Allen talks to reporters after he was introduced Wednesday, April 23, 2008 in Eden Prairie, Minn., following a trade with the Kansas City Chiefs. (AP Photo/Jim Mone) ORG XMIT: MNJM109

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Not there yet.

Thursday, free-agent defensive end Jared Allen made his second visit to Seattle Seahawks headquarters in less than a week, yet he left without a deal.

Allen, who had 11.5 sacks last season with the Minnesota Vikings, reportedly will use the weekend to think over the Seahawks’ offer. He was at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center on Sunday in Renton and visited Thursday with his wife, Amy.

ESPN reported that a deal with Allen was close Thursday afternoon. Then, the tenor of reports shifted to wait-and-see.

Allen also visited the Dallas Cowboys this week. However, the Cowboys signed defensive tackle Henry Melton on Wednesday, likely taking them out of the running for Allen because of a lack of salary cap space.

As of Thursday, the Seahawks still had about $15.2 million in salary cap space, according to the NFL Players Association’s public website.

The organization has worked conservatively with its money in the offseason.

The Seahawks were able to re-sign unrestricted free-agent defensive lineman Michael Bennett for a 2014 base salary of $2 million, which was a reduced rate. Otherwise, they have chosen not to splurge in free agency.

They signed free-agent wide receiver Taylor Price to a $570,000 contract. Wide receiver Golden Tate signed elsewhere, as did five other Seattle free agents. The Seahawks also cut three players — wide receiver Sidney Rice and defensive ends Red Bryant and Chris Clemons — primarily to create salary cap space.

Looming behind all offseason decisions for the Seahawks is the effort to get extensions done with free safety Earl Thomas and cornerback Richard Sherman. Each can become an unrestricted free agent in 2015.

Allen, who turns 32 in April, has had at least 11 sacks in each of the past seven seasons.

He has played in all

16 regular-season games with the Minnesota Vikings each of the past six seasons. He spent his first four NFL seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Allen is the remaining big fish for the Seahawks on the free-agent market. Were he to join them, the top defense in the league would gain one of its top pass-rushers. Seattle also would be able to use Allen as part of its rotating defensive line, preserving him throughout the season through fewer snaps.

The Seahawks did make one official, moderate move Thursday. They signed offensive lineman Stephen Schilling, a nontendered restricted free agent.

The San Diego Chargers selected Schilling, a former Bellevue High School player, in the sixth round of the 2011 draft out of Michigan.

The guard played three seasons for the Chargers, appearing in 18 total games.

The Seahawks lost free-agent right tackle Breno Giacomini to the New York Jets and have not re-signed free-agent guard Paul McQuistan.

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