The Dallas Cowboys are scheduled to meet with free agent defensive end Jared Allen on Tuesday. And the Cowboys desperately need help along their defensive line after losing two All-Pro players in DeMarcus Ware and Jason Hatcher to free agency last week. But according to ProFootballTalk.com’s NFL Insider Mike Florio, during his weekly Monday appearance on the Dan Patrick Radio Show, Allen isn’t really serious about joining America’s Team.
Dan Patrick:”Are the Cowboys selling their Jared Allen jersey as we speak?”
Mike Florio: “(laughs) Well, you know they’ve got $7.2 million in cap space. And they can get creative, if they end up convincing him to go to Dallas. And if he’d go to Dallas, it would have to be about the money. It can’t be about trying to win. I mean, this is a team that’s dog-paddling at 8-8 at best. If anything, they’ve regressed. The Eagles are creating a bigger gap in the NFC East with the Cowboys. And I think Allen just wants to see what’s out there for him. I don’t think he’s serious about the Cowboys. But the Cowboys are interested. And he has to ask himself: ‘Do I want money? Or do I want a ring?”
When asked where Allen might land, Florio answered the Seattle Seahawks. He also emphasized the ‘Hawks past success at sitting back during free agency and getting good players to sign cap-friendly offers late in free agency. He cited last year’s offseason signings of defensive end Michael Bennett and defensive tackle Cliff Avril as proof. Florio believes Allen will eventually elect to play for less money in order to try to win a Super Bowl.
Allen could make a huge impact on a Cowboys defense that ranked dead last in the league last year. Allen recorded 52 tackles and 11.5 sacks last season as a member of the Minnesota Vikings. The soon-to-be 32-year old is just two years removed from an amazing 22.0 sack season.
If this latest rumor is true, it is yet another “body blow” to CowboyNation as prime free agents continue to elect to sign elsewhere. Still, Allen is scheduled to meet with the team tomorrow and Dallas owner Jerry Jones is a great salesman.
Quarterback Brandon Weeden and defensive tackle Henry Melton should be meeting with the Cowboys now. Although I believe we could expect news fairly quickly about a possible Weeden signing, it will most likely be more of a waiting game with Melton. The former Chicago Bear is drawing interest from multiple teams including the Vikings and the Seattle Seahawks. He has also stated in the past that he’ll meet one last time with the Bears before announcing his decision.
Watch the entire Florio interview on the Dan Patrick show below: