As we mentioned in today's Horse Tracks, Jared Allen is bound for free agency after informing the Vikings he won't be returning in 2014.
If the red hot rumors turn out true, Allen could soon be informing the Broncos of his interest to go to Denver instead.
Source close to the situation would be "shocked" if Jared Allen doesn't end up with the Denver Broncos.— Chris Tomasson (@christomasson) March 10, 2014
The Broncos nearly traded for Allen back in October 2013, and with Michael Bennett signing with the Seahawks today, Allen remains one of the more attractive defensive ends on the free agent market. He ranked 53rd in our 2014 NFL Free Agents Database, but that number came with a standard deviation of 27 - analysts haven't made up their mind on Allen's value.
Allen had 23.5 sacks from 2012-2013, and 22 sacks in 2011, earning him the 2011 NFC Defensive Player of the Year award. He has indicated he wants to play for a contender in 2014.
Jared Allen said in recent radio interview "If you can play for one of the top 5 quarterbacks that makes life easier’’ I'd say Peyton top 5— Chris Tomasson (@christomasson) March 10, 2014
The Peyton Manning-led Broncos certainly fit that bill.
Just said in a taped segment to air on @FOXSportsLive tonight: Broncos are going to make a strong push for DE Jared Allen starting tomorrow.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 11, 2014