After a week of watching teams duke it out for the top free agents, it seems like the Dallas Cowboys are finally starting to kick the tires in free agency. On Monday, Henry Melton and Brandon Weeden visited Valley Ranch. Weeden was signed late in the afternoon on a two-year deal to be the backup behind Tony Romo and Kyle Orton. On the other hand, Melton and his representatives have had contract talks with the Cowboys, but none are eminent just yet.
It was reported early Monday morning that Jared Allen would be visiting Valley Ranch on Tuesday. Coming off an 11.5 sack season, Allen is in position to get a lot of money. This is largely due to the fact that DeMarcus Ware and Julius Peppers both received huge contracts for their production. Both were signed on three-year deals that were worth $30 million. In 2013, Allen was a much more efficient player than Ware and Peppers. It is safe to say that Allen will be getting a lot of money this offseason no matter where lands in.
With only around $7 million in cap space, it doesn’t seem like the Cowboys could actually sign Allen. The only way I could see the Idaho State product signing with the Dallas is if he takes a hometown discount for the team he grew up watching. Although he will be 33 years old in less than a month, Allen has shown that he has a ton of gas left in the tank. Obviously Allen will never have the same production as he did in 2011, but he is still capable of getting double-digit sacks year in and year out.
In the 4-3 defense, Allen would be the perfect fit to replace the void left by Ware. Allen played that exact position for 10 years with the Vikings, and there is no reason why he couldn’t play that position for the Cowboys. Allen is a future Hall of Famer, and the idea of him being coached by Rod Marinelli is basically music to my ears. While I’m not all for spending a lot of money for him, there is no denying the fact that Allen will be an immediate upgrade over Dallas’ starters at the moment.
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