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Jared Allen heads home, will make decision this weekend

Jared Allen

Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen (69) reacts on the sideline near the end of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013, in Minneapolis. The Packers won 44-31. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)


Reports on Thursday had defensive end Jared Allen close to agreement on a deal to join the Seahawks.

As the saying goes, though, close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades because no deal is done and Allen is headed home.

“Got to Seattle last night with Jared, [his wife] Amy, and his family,” Allen’s agent Ken Harris told PFT. “We had a great time meeting everyone during this visit. After some good discussions with the front office today, Jared and Amy are going to consider the Seahawks offer along with the others, and make a decision this weekend.”

Allen also visited with the Cowboys, but reports during the week indicated that it was “unlikely” that he would wind up in Dallas.

Joining an already strong and deep Seahawks defense has to be an appealing prospect for Allen as it would set him up to produce at a high level without being stretched too far physically. Visiting twice and leaving without a deal suggests there’s some gap that the two sides have been unable to bridge, however, and it could lead to Allen landing elsewhere for the 2014 season.