Free agent defensive end Jared Allen is back for a second visit with the Seahawks, a league source confirmed to the Seattle Times tonight.
The news of Allen’s visits was first reported by Ed Werder of ESPN, who also reported that a decision from Allen could come in the next few days.
Allen visited Dallas earlier this week and left without signing a contract. The Cowboys then signed Henry Melton Tuesday, so that essentially removed any cap room Dallas had left to sign Allen.
Allen would be Seattle’s biggest free-agent addition of the offseason. Besides re-signing some of their own free agents, the Seahawks have only signed wide receiver Taylor Price thus far.
Allen would fill a need for a proven, veteran defensive end created after the team released Chris Clemons, who then signed with Jacksonville.
There were reports earlier this week that Allen wanted as much as $10 million a year to sign and that if he didn’t get it he might consider retiring — he turns 32 on April 3.
CBSSports.com’s Pat Kirwan, who worked with Seahawks coach Pete Carroll with the Jets, wrote earlier today to expect the Seahawks to stay in the running for Allen.
Seattle has $15.2 million in salary cap room, more than enough to make a deal work with Allen, though Seattle has been conservative so far in free agency knowing it has some big bills to pay in the next 12 months or so with extensions it will need to give to the likes of Earl Thomas, Richard Sherman and Russell Wilson.