Jared Allen of the Minnesota Vikings is one of the most sought after free agents this NFL off-season. He met with the Denver Broncos, but is now looking at the Chicago Bears and Seattle Seahawks.
Allen’s cap hit in 2013 was more than $17 million and he will probably not get near that much money in free agency. However, defensive end Michael Johnson signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for $43.75 million and $24 million guaranteed, which could make Allen’s asking price go up. The Broncos decided to sign Demarcus Ware for $30 million and $20 million guaranteed.
Allen is second in sacks among active NFL players and he started 16 games last year. He had 11.5 sacks and two forced fumbles. He will be 32, but shows no signs of slowing down.
The Bears had to release Julius Peppers, another durable older player to add more cap room. The team is usually known for their dominant defense, but it was horrible last year. They added Lamarr Houston and Allen could be another top pass rushing to build the defense.
The Seahawks may have to cut Chris Clemons if they want to sign Allen. Clemons would only clear up about $7 million in cap room and they also signed Michael Bennett to a four-year, $34 million deal.
Allen made it known he is okay with walking away from the game if he does not receive a huge contract.