The NFL free agency period is open and one of the premier veteran pass rushers is still without a contract and is losing options quickly. After looking at the Denver Broncos as a possible option, Jared Allen has watched guys like DeMarcus Ware, Michael Johnson and Lamarr Houston take his spot on teams he could have potential gone to.
With his options dwindling, Ian Rapoport from NFL Network has come out with a bold report, stating that Allen will simply walk away from football and retire if he doesn’t get the contract he wants.
Jared Allen wants his fair value after averaging 13 sacks. I’m told he’d be at peace living his life without football if he doesn’t get it.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 12, 2014
That’s bold. Allen is still near the top of his game and appears to have one of the more passionate motors in the game, but he may also look at his situation rationally. He’s not a young guy anymore and he’s carved out a likely Hall of Fame career for himself.
All that’s missing though is that Super Bowl ring and guys have hung around years after they’ve expired to get one. Allen is still relatively young and for him to pass on a one-year deal with a contender, even if he’s a situational pass rusher, seems a bit bizarre.