After missing out on Julius Peppers, the Dallas Cowboys are still in the market for a defensive end. Peppers was signed early Saturday morning by the Green Bay Packers. The Cowboys released DeMarcus Ware a few days ago, and the need for a defensive end is important for Dallas. To bring Jared Allen to Dallas will be much harder than people think. Peppers and Ware were both given 3-year, $30 million contracts, and both did not perform as well as Allen in 2013.
Although he will never have 22 sacks in a season like he did in 2011, Allen still played well in 2013. The 11-year veteran had 11.5 sacks in 2013 as well as 52 tackles and two forced fumbles. It is safe to say that Allen will get much more money than Peppers and Ware received in the past week. Although he is similar to them in age, Allen has stayed healthy and he has just been a better player in the past few seasons.
At 6’6″, 270 pounds, Allen has the imperative size to play as a defensive end in the 4-3. He has excelled in that role for the Vikings over the past few years. Allen has given it his all for the Vikings for over a decade, and it is interesting why the Vikings’ offered deal wasn’t enough for Allen. This tells me that Allen may want a lot of money. He could even want much more than originally offered.
The Cowboys have to improve their defensive line, and signing Allen would be a step in the right direction. He may command a lot of money, but he will be an improvement from Jeremy Mincey. If Henry Melton signs with the Seahawks, I fully expect the Cowboys to look into Allen as a possibility. As of now for Dallas, Melton should be the primary plan. But, Allen is not far off. Allen grew up in Dallas, and a reunion with the Cowboys may not be that far off.