In 2014, Jared Allen chose money over a Super Bowl chance with the Seahawks as he left the Minnesota Vikings.
Three years later, Adrian Peterson appears interested in making the opposite choice as he prepares to depart Minnesota.
Peterson reportedly favors Oakland, Seattle and New England — places where he could contend for an NFL title. But consider the Seahawks a distant second in that possible free-agent pursuit.
His father reportedly said Peterson’s connection with Seattle OC Darrell Bevell is a big part of his interest in the Hawks. Bevell was Minnesota’s OC in 2006-10, covering Peterson’s first four seasons (2007-10), and Peterson ran for 5,782 yards and 43 touchdowns in those years.
Of course, Peterson is no longer in his 20s — he turns 32 on March 21 — and also has played only one full season in the past four. Seattle first would have to be convinced he has something left. Some might argue he is fresh after not playing most of the past three years (missed almost all of 2014 on a suspension). But he has the same bruising running style as Marshawn Lynch, so all those two missed years did for him was let his age and body align once again.
Some also are making a big deal out of the fact that the Hawks prefer the shotgun. That seems overblown.
To come to Seattle, though, Peterson would have to play for a lot less than the $11 million he made in 2016. The Seahawks, who still have high hopes for Thomas Rawls and C.J. Prosise, probably wouldn’t want to pay him more than $4 million, with perhaps some incentives.
It seems unlikely the Seahawks and Peterson will come to terms; the Raiders have more cap space and a much better offensive line.
As Peterson’s dad said, in a clear swipe at the Hawks, “(The Raiders) haven’t been trying to get O-linemen from the bottom of the barrel and trying to make them into something.”
On that note, John Schneider hinted that the Hawks would make sure to pick a couple better vets from the barrel this offseason, and the club already has been linked to Tennessee’s Brian Schwenke and San Diego’s D.J. Fluker. The latter was released Tuesday and can sign any time.
Other linemen who could interest Seattle without breaking the bank reportedly include Mike Remmers (Carolina right tackle), Luke Joeckel (Jacksonville), Austin Pasztor (Cleveland) and Earl Watford (Arizona). Most of those six linemen have the kind of versatility the Seahawks covet.
Schneider surely will be trying to make some better signings than 2016 additions Bradley Sowell and J’Marcus Webb. The Hawks have about $20 million for free agents and could use as much as $10 million on outside guys.
Meanwhile, it appears Russell Okung will have a fairly robust market — perhaps $10 million a year — so our initial feeling that he won’t end up back in Seattle seems accurate. The Broncos reportedly are interested in keeping him, and Carolina looks like it might be in the mix as well.