Dec 29, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen (69) reacts against the Detroit Lions in the second quarter at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Vikings win 14-13. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Potential New York Jets' Free Agent: DE Jared Allen

The defensive line is not the biggest area of need for the New York Jets. There are holes that are actually far bigger, and we know what they are. But, in an off-season where money is essentially no object, take this ride with me. The ride being the potential signing of Jared Allen.

As always, we start with the player’s career stats:

Defense & Fumbles

Def Interceptions Fumbles Tackles
Year Age Tm Pos No. G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty AV
2004 22 KAN RDE 69 15 10 9.0 28 2 4
2005 23 KAN RDE 69 16 15 11.0 0 0 0 0 5 6 0 2 0 0 50 7 8
2006 24 KAN RDE 69 16 16 7.5 1 3 0 3 10 5 1 6 24 0 66 11 11
2007*+ 25 KAN RDE 69 14 14 15.5 0 0 0 0 10 3 0 0 0 0 55 9 16
2008*+ 26 MIN RDE 69 16 16 14.5 0 0 0 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 41 13 2 17
2009*+ 27 MIN RDE 69 16 16 14.5 1 -4 0 -4 4 5 0 3 54 1 43 8 1 16
2010 28 MIN RDE 69 16 16 11.0 2 40 1 36 6 1 0 1 0 0 45 15 10
2011*+ 29 MIN DE 69 16 16 22.0 1 14 0 14 4 4 0 4 6 0 46 17 1 14
2012* 30 MIN RDE/rde 69 16 16 12.0 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 1 0 0 36 10 10
2013 31 MIN RDE/rde/RE/re 69 16 16 11.5 0 0 0 0 6 2 0 0 0 0 33 19 6
Career 157 151 128.5 5 53 1 36 51 30 1 17 84 1 443 111 4 112
6 yrs MIN 96 96 85.5 4 50 1 36 26 16 0 9 60 1 244 82 4 73
4 yrs KAN 61 55 43.0 1 3 0 3 25 14 1 8 24 0 199 29 39

Jared Allen was, and is a dominant force in this league. I don’t think this is even remotely in dispute.

He is in his thirties, however. Bringing in a big money free agent, in his thirties, would defeat the purpose of getting younger, at least on its face. But in this case, an exception could be made.

With Damon Harrison, Mo Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson, and Leger Douzable along the defensive line, you have the youth in common for all of these players. What you don’t have, is the stabilizing influence that could come from a veteran. Look at his numbers. Allen could provide just that kind of influence that allows all of those guys to take the next step.

The rumor is that Allen would be most interested in playing for a contender, like the Patriots or Broncos. Those teams, however, don’t have Jared’s former line coach on their team. The current players love playing for coach Karl Dunbar. The fact that he is here could play a part in making Allen look elsewhere instead of solely at the teams very close to the Super Bowl.

It wouldn’t be the first time that a player was sold on the concept of playing for his former coach. With all of the free cap money the Jets are going to have, they have to at least explore the possibility of Jared Allen, don’t they?

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