Report: If Jared Allen can't find the right price, he may retire
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Jared Allen was typically pretty adamant about his role on a NFL team. He vowed to retire rather than become a rotational player, proclaiming: "that's for the birds," this past December.
Well, as CBS Sports reported, Allen may retire if he can't find the right price in his first testing of free agency.
Jared Allen wants to play next season, but at a certain value. if he can't see eye to eye with a suitor, he has other pursuits outside NFL— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) March 12, 2014
Those other pursuits are likely not the Canadian Football League. So, presumably, Allen may be threatening to retire should a team not pay him what he feels he's worth at 31 years old (32 in April).
However, all is not lost with Allen's career and it's very possible he has a change of heart after finding out his market is not that deep. He's set to visit Denver soon and what La Canfora reported falls in line with Pro Football Talk's report that the veteran defensive end is asking for too much money.
Dallas' release of DeMarcus Ware only thinned Allen's market, yet ESPN's Adam Schefter reported the former Vikings defensive end is also talking with the Chicago Bears and Seattle Seahawks.
While Denver focuses on DeMarcus Ware...Vikings free-agent DE Jared Allen is talking with the Bears and Seattle Seahawks, per league source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 12, 2014
Allen finished with 11.5 sacks on the final year of a nearly $75 million deal he signed after he was traded from the Kansas City Chiefs to Minnesota in 2008.