Allen wasn't a trade option Seattle needed

October, 30, 2013
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Reports surfaced Tuesday that the Seahawks discussed the possibility of making a trade with the Minnesota Vikings for Jared Allen before the deadline (1 p.m. PT Tuesday).

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Unless Allen could come in and play offensive tackle or guard, which he can't, Allen wasn't the trade Seattle needed to pursue.

Allen is one of the best defensive ends in the NFL, but I would hope Seahawks general manager John Schneider was on the phone Tuesday trying to find a quality offensive lineman.

The Seahawks should have been begging and pleading with any team that would listen about making a deal to bring someone to Seattle who could help up front on offense.

Russell Wilson was sacked seven times Monday night in the 14-9 victory at St. Louis and the Seahawks had only 44 yards rushing.

The offensive line is the critical area of need, not another defensive end. Allen is a Pro Bowl player who would help any team, but the defensive line has become one of the deepest areas on the Seattle roster.

The Seahawks acquired three veteran defensive linemen -- Cliff Avril, Michael Bennent and Tony McDaniel -- in the offseason to help improve the pass rush, and it worked. The Seattle defense has 26 sacks in the first eight games.

It's unlikely the talks about Allen every reached the serious stage, because it would have required a lot of financial maneuvering by the Seahawks. Allen is due another $7 million the rest of this season in the last year of his contract with the Vikings, but Seattle has only $2.6 million in salary-cap space. The Seahawks would have needed to re-work Allen's deal and probably made a few other roster moves.

So hopefully, most of the Tuesday wasn't spent trying to bring in Allen when the team really needs to find answers on the offensive line. Things will improve when starting tackles Russell Okung and Breno Giacomini return from injuries, but the Seahawks could use help now. That will have to wait.

Terry Blount

ESPN Seattle Seahawks reporter

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