Former Vikings defensive end Jared Allen will reportedly visit Cowboys on Tuesday

Anwar S. Richardson
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 26: Defensive End Jared Allen speaks to members of the press during a Minnesota Vikings press conference at the Grove Hotel on September 26, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Harry Engels/Getty Images)

Former Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen has sat and watched several linemen secure jobs in free agency before him.

Michael Johnson (Buccaneers), Lamarr Houston (Bears), Justin Tuck (Raiders), Everson Griffin (Vikings), Red Bryant (Jaguars) and Julius Peppers (Packers) recently found new homes. Peppers is the only player who comes close to Allen’s number of career sacks. Allen has 128.5 sacks in 10 seasons, and Peppers has 118.5 entering his 13th NFL season.

Well, Allen is inching closer toward employment.

The defensive end recently visited the Seattle Seahawks and is slated to visit the Dallas Cowboys on Tuesday, according to Allen would likely be a part of Seattle’s defensive line rotation, but could start in Dallas.

Dallas recently released DeMarcus Ware to save salary cap money. Ware signed with the Denver Broncos (three years, $30 million), while Jason Hatcher signed a four-year deal worth $27.5 million with the Redskins last week.

Last season, Dallas had the NFL’s worst-ranked defense. The Cowboys allowed 6,645 yards, which led to the demotion of defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin. Rod Marinelli was promoted to defensive coordinator during the offseason.

Allen has threatened to retire if he does not receive a lucrative contract. If Dallas was unwilling to Ware $12.25 million this season, Allen’s offer may not come close to that number. Allen may have to decide if he is willing to play with a short-term deal or wrap up his NFL career.


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