If you were hoping to wake up today to news regarding Jared Allen, though, you are so far out of luck. It’s early Monday as I write this. But as of now, nothing new on Allen.
And as Pro Football Talk writes, there’s no real deadline on Allen’s side. He could wait until camps begin to wait for what he feels is the right situation.
As PFT notes, Allen undoubtedly hasn’t gotten the kind of offers he anticipated — he turns 32 next week — and with Seattle, there is also the issue of playing less in a deep Seahawks rotation up front. Consider that Allen played the 33rd most snaps of any defensive player in the NFL last year — 1,060, 90.8 percent — while no Seattle linemen played more than Michael Bennett’s 598 or 57.4 percent. (Or consider further that former Husky Daniel Te’o-Nesheim, now with Tampa Bay, played more snaps last year, 602, than any of Seattle’s linemen).
Depending on how it all shakes out — specifically, the progress of young players such as Benson Mayowa, Jordan Hill and Jesse Williams — Seattle could be just as deep up front in 2014, or might need to lean more on vets. Regardless, there’s little chance Allen keeps playing 90 percent of snaps if he comes to the Seahawks.
As for a mystery team in the Allen sweepstakes, there’s some Twitter chatter that it’s the Raiders.
— What we for sure will find out today is the compensatory picks awarded to teams for the 2014 draft for free agent losses suffered in 2013. The announcement will come at the NFL Meetings. The formula is vague (and actually not confirmed by the NFL). But one recent educated guess of which teams would get what had the Seahawks not getting any, which make sense. Again, this is based on 2013, when the Seahawks signed Bennett, Cliff Avril and Tony McDaniel, among others, and didn’t lose much (Alan Branch being an exception). Next year, though, figures to be a different story when the Seahawks could be in line for a big haul for all the free agent losses of 2014.
— ProFootballTalk says the Seahawks might be interested in DeSean Jackson, but only at a significantly lower rate than his current salary. Which probably means Jackson won’t be much interested in the Seahawks. (Of course, this comes after PFT reported the Seahawks would have “no interest at all” in Jackson).
— Interesting note from the Denver Post that because the Broncos are likely to be on the road for the final week of the pre-season, they are unlikely to be the opponent for Seattle for the Seahawks’ home opener on Sept. 4 at CenturyLink Field. That’s a Thursday night, and Seattle is expected to play its home opener that night as the defending Super Bowl champs. However, ESPN.com says there won’t be any announcement this week on who Seattle will play in the opener.
— Here’s where Chris Mortensen thinks Mark Sanchez ends up:
Handicapping Sanchez landing spot once he clears waivers: Eagles, Rams & Browns. Chip Kelly could go all Pac10/12 on QBs,w Foles & Barkley
— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) March 24, 2014
— Former Seahawk Alex Bannister among those who tried out at the Regional Combine over the weekend.
— Doug Baldwin throwing out the first pitch at his high school alma mater today.
— Is the gap in the NFC West closing?
— Mark Cuban says the NFL is 10 years away from an implosion.