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March 20, 2014

Cowboys not in mix for Jared Allen right now, even if he doesn't sign with Seattle

Jared Allen may or may not sign with the Seattle Seahawks, but the Cowboys are not in the mix to sign the defensive end, according to a source.

ESPN reported earlier Thursday that Allen had agreed to terms with the Seahwks, but his agent since has told multiple reporters that Allen still is mulling the Seahawks' offer along with others.

The Cowboys likely were long shots to land Allen anyway.

Allen visited the Cowboys earlier this week. He had dinner with head coach Jason Garrett on Monday night and spent Tuesday at Valley Ranch before departing.

A source said then that Allen would have to reduce his price before the Cowboys became a player in bidding for his services.

The Cowboys have signed Henry Melton as a replacement for defensive tackle Jason Hatcher, but they still are in need of a replacement for DeMarcus Ware. Ware signed a three-year, $30 million deal with the Broncos last week after the Cowboys released him. Defensive end Anthony Spencer is a free agent and remains on the market, with the Cowboys still a possibility.

Allen, though, would have helped offset Ware's departure. He ranks 12th in league history with 128.5 career sacks.

-- Charean Williams



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