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Pete Carroll on Jared Allen: ‘It’s a big business decision for him’
The Jared Allen Decision was supposed to come over the weekend. It didn’t.
So the Seahawks are waiting with everyone else to see what the five-time Pro Bowl defensive end will do with regards to his NFL future.
“It’s a big business decision for him. There’s really not much to comment about it right now,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Monday during an interview on SiriusXM radio at the NFL owners meetings in Orlando, Fla. “We’re very restricted in what we can do. We have a lot of work to get done here on our roster, a lot of guys we’ve got to work with. We’re excited about extending and stuff like that.
“So we have a lot of concerns and can’t move as swiftly as everyone would like.”
Allen has produced double-digit sacks in seven consecutive seasons – the first two with the Kansas City Chiefs, the last five with the Minnesota Vikings – while averaging 14.5 over that productive span. He is an unrestricted free agent, but also will turn 32 next month.
His options include signing with the Seahawks, who he has visited twice; another team, and he also visited the Dallas Cowboys; waiting until later in the free-agent process; or retiring.
The Seahawks’ options are limited because of the “concerns” and “extending” that Carroll mentioned, which include eventually signing Pro Bowl quarterback Russell Wilson, All-Pro free safety Earl Thomas and All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman to contract extensions before they reach free agency.
So the Seahawks are waiting on Jared Allen, along with the rest of the league.
In other news from the owner’s meeting, the Seahawks were not awarded any compensatory picks in May’s NFL Draft from free agency activity last year. A total of 32 compensatory choices were awarded to 13 teams, with the Baltimore Ravens and New York Jets receiving four each. The Ravens, Green Bay Packers, Pittsburgh Steelers and San Francisco 49ers each got an extra pick at the end of the third round.
The Seahawks have received 20 compensatory picks since the system began in 1994, making them one of 14 teams with at least that many. The Ravens have received the most (41) and the Cleveland Browns the fewest (six) of the 651 total compensatory picks.