Oct 21, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen (69) attempts to get to New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) during the second half at MetLife Stadium. The Giants won the game 23-7. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

The Pros And Cons of Jared Allen Signing With Dallas

Free agent defensive end Jared Allen is making a big decision this weekend. Should he play for the Super Bowl champions as a “spot” rusher or play for as a starter for America’s Team…who are currently struggling to make the playoffs? And there’s always the option to simply walk-away from both offers and look for a better deal elsewhere. But Allen’s decision could ultimately have the biggest impact on the Dallas Cowboys. Let’s look at the Pros and Cons of signing the former Minnesota Viking.


Let’s start with the positives: 128.5 sacks in a ten-year career. That’s nearly a 13 sack per season average! Although his age will be a concern, Allen is coming off an effective season in Minnesota recording 52 tackles and 11.5 sacks. He’s also durable. Allen has played in every game for the last six years. Despite his mercurial personality on-the-field, Allen is a humanitarian and stalwart outside of it. His positive presence in the community will be felt wherever he decides to lay his cowboy hat.

The Cowboys obviously lost a lot, if not all, of their pass rush when they lost defensive end DeMarcus Ware and defensive tackle Jason Hatcher last week to free agency. Adding Allen, combined with newly acquired defensive tackle Henry Melton, would arguably give Dallas a much better pass rush than they had last year. And that’s not saying much as the Cowboys had the worst defense in the NFL last season. I also think an Allen signing would revitalize the excitement for a team who’s three consecutive 8-8 seasons without a playoff appearance have left several battle-scars upon it’s loyal fan-base.


The biggest issues involving Allen are his age and his price tag. The former fourth round pick out of Idaho State back in 2004 is actually older than former Cowboys Ware and Hatcher. Both of whom were let go due to their ages and price tags just last week. To bring in Allen would seem to be a complete 180° in the Cowboys current direction. That is unless he is a bargain financially. Which is presumably what is holding up this deal and what Allen is mulling over at this moment. Dallas wants Allen, but only at the right price.

Speaking of price, Allen demands a big one. According to several reports, he was looking for a salary around $10 million a season. It appears now he’s accepted that amount of money is simply not out there for him at this age. Instead, he’ll have to decide whether to play with past champions in Seattle or to bring a championship to his home town in Dallas.

According to overthecap.com, the Seahawks currently have $15.3 million in cap space available. That would be more than enough to sign Allen, but they obviously don’t want him at his full price. Their leverage is they are favored by many to win another Super Bowl this season. That same site says Dallas currently has $6.4 million in available cap space. Not really close to what Allen is wanting or even as much as Seattle can offer Allen. Still, he appears torn. From the outside looking in it appears Allen’s heart wants Dallas, but his head says Seattle.

The bottom line is: Dallas wants Allen. But they are not willing to sacrifice their future in order to get him. But at the right price, one that is fair to both him and the franchise, his signing could be pivotal to an immediate defensive turnaround in Big “D”. If he decides to go elsewhere, it simply puts more pressure on the Cowboys to have an outstanding draft in May.

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  • Rendons3

    Let’s start by saying they didn’t lose Demarcus ware, they LET him go. The cowboys were 8-8 for the last 3 seasons with him. Injured or not, he was on the field. He’s a GREAT player, yeah, but the team is more than one player away from any kind of contention. His salary was just too much to handle if the team wants to get BETTER. Teams go through transitions, and that’s what the cowboys need to get through. So long Demarcus, thank you for the blood, sweat, and tears. See you in the hall of fame. You deserve to be amongst the greatest ever!!

    • MercWithaMouth

      Well said, Ware was released not only because of age and price, but, also because of his scheme fit. Being that Ware is past his prime it makes no sense to pay him the $$$ he made as an OLB in a 3-4 to try to become a DE in a 4-3. I would pay Allen the $$$ they were going to pay Ware over paying Ware because of his scheme fit and production in that scheme over his career. Ware is still a very good player as is Allen, but, the right choice was made. If Dallas still ran a 3-4 you can bet that Ware would still be here.

      • David

        Dallas saved 25 million over this year and next. Thats really all that needs to be said.

  • ctcowboy1968

    Signing Allen to a 3 year contract somewhat below his asking price would be fantastic. Drafting a stud DL in the first round would then complete a total make over of the DL and a huge improvement for the team. This is what I would say to Allen: do you want to be a part time player in a great D or a major player is turning around the worst D in the league? Think of polishing your legacy by being remembered for turning around the worst D to a premier D.

  • PaulATX

    I look for Dallas to get their cap under control. Only keeping maybe 2 or 3 key players, and cycling in new guys for the rest of the positions every 3 years or so. I think that you can only commit to a handful of players for their “career”, the rest you have to continually replace through the draft and finding value in free agency. Dallas has actually done well at the latter. Doing this, keeps the cap in check, and it also allows Dallas to pay big money to veteran free agents on occasion. I am happy we did not get Allen. I would even take a losing season, if it meant getting things in order. The thing that always left me scratching my head was that under Johnson and Parcells, Jerry got to see what it took to build a winning team. You would think he could repeat that. Just copy the Patriots, hate them, but they have mastered the system.