Former NFL sack leader Jared Allen is apparently discussing deals with two teams, and the Chicago Bears are one of them.
It was reported earlier today that Allen was a top target of the Denver Broncos, but the team eventually felt the price tag on Allen was too high and eventually moved on to another former sack leader, DeMarcus Ware.
With the Broncos no longer interested, Allen shifted his attention to two other teams, the Bears and the Seattle Seahawks.
It is believed that due to Allen’s suspected asking price, which still remains a mystery, the Seahawks would need to make cuts to their current payroll in order to sign Allen, a move the team would be willing to make.
Allen posted 11.5 sacks this past season with the Minnesota Vikings. This was his sixth-consecutive season with double-sigit sacks, with his career-high set at 22.
The Seahawks have already beaten the Bears for one elite pass-rusher, Michael Bennett. Bennett signed with the Seahawks before free agency began, even after plenty of persuasion from his brother and current Bears’ TE Martellus Bennett.
While Allen is not said to be close to signing either side, pairing Allen with recently signed Lamarr Houston would provide a top-tier DE group for a team in desperate need of a pass rush. If they are unable to sign Allen, it is believed they will continue to search the market for another pass rusher.
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