Rest assured, over the next four days there will be plenty of reports, rumors and chatter connecting various teams with some of the top names on the open market. Some of those will be legit. Others will be without merit, not unlike the seemingly baseless Darrelle Revis trade rumors that caught fire this week.
The Patriots need to add a veteran pass rusher to the mix up front and there’s no better option than Allen.
Allen is a super talented and super hard working guy with a ton of production and experience. He’s going into his 11th season, but shows no real signs of slowing down. He had 11.5 sacks last fall, his seventh straight with double digit sacks. He finished last season with at least a half sack in each of the finale five games, with a total of 6.5 in that span. He hasn’t missed a game since 2007 and just three total in his decade in the league. He also plays the run as a pretty well-rounded defensive end type.
Maybe even more importantly, I think Allen brings a unique energy, playing style and edge to the game that I think would benefit the New England defense and the guys around him. He also is one of those guys who has had limited chances to win in his career, so going to a team that’s played in three straight AFC title games would probably be alluring to the man who popularized No. 69.
Go get Allen!
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