- Rapoport adds that the Raiders were willing to pay Allen $9 million per season.
- However, Allen reportedly believed the Bears were the best fit for him.
As for the Jets, Rapoport reports that the Jets “lingered and watched” the Allen’s market, but ultimately never made him an offer.
- According to Schefter, Jets HC Rex Ryan spoke to Allen last week about playing for them.
- Schefter mentions that Jets assistant Karl Dunbar coached Allen while the two were in Minnesota, so there was a connection there.
Jay Glazer of Fox Sports confirms that the Jets were one of the teams checking in on Allen last week and adds that other teams showed interest as well.
Here’s a simple look at how these three contracts compare:
- DeMarcus Ware (31): three years, $30M total, $10M annually, $16.5M fully guaranteed.
- Jared Allen (31): four years, $32M total, $8M annually, $15.5M fully guaranteed.
- Julius Peppers (34): three years, $26M total, $8.666M annually, $7.5M fully guaranteed.