After two visits to the Seattle Seahawks, with a trip to the Dallas Cowboys in between, free agent defensive end Jared Allen has once again traveled back home to Minnesota and his wife to decide where he’ll play out the rest of his career. The 32-year old is presumably deciding between playing for the Super Bowl champions as a “spot” rusher, or playing for an 8-8 team as a starter who could be the missing piece to playoff success. For Allen, it’s a matter of legacy.
And both the national and local media don’t give Dallas much of a chance of landing Allen. For many, it was an “either or” decision for the Cowboys between Allen and free agent defensive tackle Henry Melton, who signed with Dallas earlier this week. But there is one national voice now begging Allen to choose Dallas over Seattle. Here’s what Skip Bayless said Friday morning on the ESPN show First Take:
“Jared Allen should decide this weekend to sign with the Dallas Cowboys…I think he’s a stater in this league, obviously. In Seattle, he will not be a starter. That is the issue. He’ll be used as a situational pass rusher…If, in fact, Seattle wins a second Super Bowl in a row, Jared Allen will get (little to no) credit.If he goes to Dallas, he has a big personality that I belongs on what I think is the biggest stage in the National Football League. The Hollywood that is Dallas, TX…Rod Marinelli is an outstanding coach of defensive lineman. He will get him to play at an even higher level. This is made for Jared Allen to be a final piece to the playoff puzzle in Dallas, TX. Where he would get huge credit, if in fact they return to the playoffs next year. Jared, it’s a no-brainer! I know the money’s not great in either place, but you gotta get your butt to Dallas.”
Bayless also elaborated on Allen’s durability mentioning he’s never missed a game as a professional and how he has recorded double-digit sack totals every season since 2007. Skip also called him the best veteran pass rusher in the current free agency period, over both DeMarcus Ware and Julius Peppers. Allen is expected to give his final answer over the weekend.
Watch the entire Allen section of ESPN’s First Take below: