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Oakland Raiders should sign Jared Allen.


With NFL Free Agency in full swing, the Oakland Raiders pre-draft roster is beginning to take shape. They have solidified the trenches. Added a much needed productive veteran to the wide receiver room. Swapped veteran corner backs and are still looking for ways to improve the team.

Which brings me to the focus of this article, Jared Allen. He has never had less than 7.5 sacks in a season. He has had 11 or more sacks in 7 straight seasons. In 10 years he has missed 3 games, none in the last 6 seasons. Marinate on that. In 2013 he had half a sack less than 2012, but had 7 more tackles and 3 more batted balls. The guy is not declining, will be 32 this April and could easily play 4 more years. Now imagine him rushing along side Justin Tuck and Lamar Woodley. Being kept fresh via a solid d-line rotation/scheme with Tuck, Woodley, Antonio Smith, Ryan Robinson, Jack Crawford, Stacy McGee, Ricky Lumpkin, Torell Troup, David Carter, Sio Moore and any other additions via the draft (Khalil Mack, Jadeveon Clowney?).

Jared reminds me a lot of Kevin Greene. After Kevin Greene’s tenth year in the NFL, he played 5 more years. He had double-digit sacks in 4 of those years, tallying 9 sacks in his 11th year in the NFL. I don’t see why Jared can’t do the same or come very close to it. As they both turned 32, Jared has one more season of NFL experience, so at a minimum, I would expect Jared to be able to play 4 more solid productive years in the NFL. If he averages 10 sacks over the next 4 years, he will pass Kevin Greene into 3rd in all-time sacks, behind only Reggie White and Bruce Smith (yea, we all know they were not keeping the sack stat till the 70′s, so the true leader is debatable).

So what would it cost to bring the Los Gatos High School Alum back to the Bay Area? Some reports say he’s looking for something along the lines of the contract Ware signed with Denver: 3 year, $30M ($16.5M fully guaranteed and an additional $6.5M guarantees on the 5th league day of 2015). I would offer Jared a 5yr/$40M deal. $10M signing bonus, base salaries of $8M 2014, $6M 2015, $6M 2016, $5M 2017, $5M 2018. That would put his cap#/dead money to cut at: 2014 $10M/$10M; 2015 $8M/$8M; 2016 $8M/$6M; 2017 $7M/$4M, 2018 $7M/$2M.

In the face of the NFL Offensive stats explosion, the old adage, Defense Wins Championships, was proven once again this past post season. A stout defense, especially a fierce front 7, coupled with a solid running game anchored by a tough O-line, allows a team to overcome the growing pains of a young Quarterback. Many have the Oakland Raiders selecting a QB in the first or second round, and bringing in an established veteran. Regardless, there is a good chance that Matt ‘Against All Odds’ McGloin beats out whomever they bring in. Just like he has done his entire football life, but that is a topic for another column.

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  • raidernation

    Imagine what a force to be reckoned with. Raiders fans remember a lot of times the qb killed us when they had all time in the world to make plays . NOT ANY MORE.. BITCHES.LOL. GOOD JOB GM REG

  • James Schroeder

    I have not read one report of the Raiders being interested in Jared Allan or Jared Allen being interested in the Raiders. That would be beyond awesome but is it realistic? If not, stop teasing me man. I get these alerts on my iPad/iPhone and almost crapped a purple twinkie thinking that the Raiders might be in talks with him. Not cool man.

  • bigninaross

    Opposing QBs and offensive lines would wake up in cold sweats late Saturday nights with nightmares of Allen, Tuck, Woodley, Moore, Smith and Mack surrounding their pummeled bodies in the grass…..Muahahahaha!!!!!

  • PK

    This needs to be a done deal, Jared Allen a motor that doesn’t quit. His teammates feed of him this is the kind of fire this franchise needs. With the leadership of tuck and the determination a fire of Allen our young defensive players will be inspired and learn the right way to play pro ball

  • Cedrik

    we need a NT hopefully we sign a guy like wilfork or bring back sims. but getting a guy like allen and wilfork would provide alot of depth in the defensive front and firepower. well see if it can happen. need to get c. wood back.

  • KloverJane

    Interesting. But let’s be real. His cost is ridiculous. Unless Reggie can make another shrewd move.

  • Don

    Would be coo to sign a Bay Area player. I’m also a believe in McLovin too, can wait til you piece comes out on him.

  • http://yahoo.com Antwain Chef Bones Curtis Sr.

    We need three more big signings and they are as followed allen, wilfork, and vick oh im sorry its four and alex mack….. good day!

  • Arty G

    Jared Allen was born to play in the Black Hole baby!!! And when we draft Mack at 5(hint hint) LETS GET IT!!!! I bleed silver and black

  • sickoe47

    With the raiders cap currently at 35m,this move is realistic.the raiders pass rush is improved with the signings of justin tuck,lamarr woodley and antonio smith now imagine if you throw in someone like jared allen into the mix and it would rival the seahawks pass rush.

  • chris long

    Allen wilfork and mack would be absolutly amazing and really put the raiders in a position to be feared nexy season, but i dont think itll happpen

  • chris long

    I say sign them both defence needs alot of depth to be number 1

  • http://yahoo.com Antwain Chef Bones Curtis Sr.

    Just pray baby!

  • Angel

    Lol!!!!

  • Angel

    I know…. Remember this last pre season when Drew Brees was standing in the pocket for like 20 seconds then threw for a TD?? How embarrassing was that??

  • Travis Myers

    I’d be really surprised from both sides if this deal happened but it would be sick if it did. The Raiders still need to address Nickel DB, DT (P.Sims/Cody?), and KR/PR (Hester?). They were 22nd in kickoff ret avg and 21st in punt ret avg.

  • Bob

    No way $10M for a 32 year old DE. Remember the name Richard Seymour?

  • DanfromVegas

    What an awesome way to close this post man! “Regardless, there is a good chance that Matt ‘Against All Odds’ McGloin beats out whomever they bring in. Just like he has done his entire football life, but that is a topic for another column.”

  • Maoey Wowie

    yes that would be very sexy