It’s a beautiful weekend in Seattle, a nice way to be introduced back to the city after my 10 days or so helping with our spring training coverage in Arizona.
And will also see Jared Allen in Seattle again sometime soon?
If you heard John Clayton on ESPN710 Seattle this morning, then the answer may be yes. Clayton said he expects the deal to get done sometime in the next few days, likely with a two-year contract worth a total of $14 million or so. Clayton added that there aren’t a lot of other options out there for Allen right now, especially those that play a 4-3.
As far as I can tell, Allen himself hasn’t said much of anything since leaving Seattle on Thursday and saying he wanted to take the weekend to think about things.
I was traveling yesterday and didn’t see this at the time, but Ian Rapoport reported that there remain several teams interested in Allen, and that retirement may also still be an option:
Tidbit 1 on Jared Allen: He's considering 3 places now, with walking away still an option. Should know by the weekend what his future is
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 21, 2014
Jay Glazer, meanwhile, Tweeted that he has little doubt Allen still wants to play and also reported that there remain teams besides Seattle that are interested and that it could take a little more time:
Two more teams I was a bit surprised about jumped into fray so he's taking a little more time
— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) March 21, 2014
So, when it comes to Allen, Seahawks fans continue to wait.
— Also this morning, Jason LaConfora reported that Seattle was among the teams that at least inquired about Philly WR DeSean Jackson, who appears about to be released:
SEA and SF among the teams who talked trade w/Philly on DeSean Jackson. His $ and cap # a real issue. Some GMs think he gets released in end
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) March 22, 2014
LaConfora then further explained why a trade is unlikely. And you listened to Clayton, you heard him say that a trade is a complete non-starter and he doubted that the Seahawks were actually interested.
The loss of Golden Tate means Seattle has a need to replenish the WR corps some. But it seems unlikely it would do so at the salary cap cost of what it would likely take to get Jackson.
In other news. …
— The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that TE Jermichael Finley is months away from being able to play again while he recovers from spinal surgery. Seattle also has since solidified its TE situation for 2014 with the restructuring of Zach Miller’s deal.
— Here’s another take on the Finley story.
— The Seahawks are hosting one of the NFL’s regional combines this weekend — here are some details. Many of these players are free agents the team could sign immediately if it wanted. A few interesting former UW-related names on there, including Johri Fogerson, Tre Watson, Chris Hemphill and Anthony Boyles. We’ll see if any make an impression.
— And a happy 20th anniversary to the two-point conversion.