Allen, Hawks haven’t reached agreement


TACOMA — Not there yet.

Thursday, free-agent defensive end Jared Allen made his second visit to Seattle Seahawks headquarters in less than a week, yet he left without a deal.

Allen, who had 11.5 sacks last season with the Minnesota Vikings, reportedly will use the weekend to think over the Seahawks’ offer.

He was at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center on Sunday in Renton and visited Thursday with his wife, Amy.

ESPN reported that a deal with Allen was close Thursday afternoon. Then, the tenor of reports shifted to wait-and-see.

Allen also visited the Dallas Cowboys this week. However, the Cowboys signed defensive tackle Henry Melton on Wednesday, likely taking them out of the running for Allen because of a lack of salary cap space.

As of Thursday, the Seahawks still had about $15.2 million in salary cap space, according to the NFL Players Association’s public website.

The organization has worked conservatively with its money in the offseason.

The Seahawks were able to re-sign unrestricted free-agent defensive lineman Michael Bennett for a 2014 base salary of $2 million, which was a reduced rate. Otherwise, they have chosen not to splurge in free agency.

They signed free-agent wide receiver Taylor Price to a $570,000 contract. Wide receiver Golden Tate signed elsewhere, as did five other Seattle free agents.


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