Free Agency 2014 (3/20)

After a couple of days of relative inactivity (at least as far as the news wire is concerned), the Seahawks are making some moves today.  First off, the team has signed offensive lineman Steve Schilling.  Schilling can play both guard and tackle and has the potential to develop into a solid player — the Seahawks reportedly planned on taking him in the sixth round back in 2011 before the Chargers beat them to it — but first he'll have to earn a roster spot in training camp.

The bigger news of the day has yet to be confirmed, but reports are coming in that Jared Allen has either signed with the Seahawks or is close to doing so.  If that's the case, it's safe to assume that Allen was finally willing to back off from his earlier demands that he would retire unless someone paid him at least $10M per season.  The Hawks already have a pretty formidable lineup of pass rushers consisting of Cliff Avril, Michael Bennett, Bruce Irvin, Bobby Wagner, and contributors-in-training Greg Scruggs and Benson Mayowa.  Adding Allen to that list pushes it from merely terrifying to outright diabolical.  Granted, Allen isn't the player he once was, but as he demonstrated last year — 11.5 sacks despite being stuck on one of the worst defensive units in the league — he still has plenty of QB killing left in his system.

Oh, and Paul McQuistan finally made his first free agent visit yesterday. To the Browns.  So y'know, there's that, too.

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