Sunday, March 16, 2014
Jared Allen scheduled to meet the Cowboys
By Calvin Watkins
ESPN NFL Insider Ed Werder is reporting free agent defensive end Jared Allen has completed a visit with the Seattle Seahawks and is scheduled to meet with Dallas Cowboys coaches on Tuesday with the hope of deciding his future at some point this week, according to league sources.
Allen, 31, has a charity event for his foundation in Minnesota on Monday and is scheduled to fly to Dallas later that evening.
The Cowboys' interest in Allen was heightened when DeMarcus Ware signed with the Denver Broncos the day after being released. Until Ware became a free agent, it seemed the Broncos would pursue Allen to play opposite pass-rusher Von Miller.
Now the Cowboys view him as a potential replacement for Ware.
The Cowboys have lost two starters from their 2013 defensive line in Ware and Jason Hatcher, who signed a four-year deal with the rival Washington Redskins last week.
After the Cowboys lost Ware and Hatcher the interest increased not only in Allen but Julius Peppers as well. Peppers signed a three-year deal with the Green Bay Packers on Friday without visiting the Cowboys.
The Cowboys are trying to upgrade a defense that finished last in total defense in 2013 in allowing 6,645 yards.
Last season, Allen led the Minnesota Vikings with 11.5 sacks and was second on the team with six tackles for loss and he also picked up six pass breakups.