Rick Gosselin thinks Larry Allen should retire a Cowboy rather than trying to hang on another couple years as a shadow of his former self.
. . . Allen [has] regressed from his Pro Bowl form into just another guard. Sure, Allen went to his 10th Pro Bowl last month. But that honor was a reflection of what Allen once was as a blocker. NFL players have historically voted their peers to Hawaii based on reputation â€“ and Allen was playing on a reputation he crafted in the 1990s as an NFL all-decade selection.
At 34, Allen can probably milk another year or two out of his career like Emmitt Smith did. But what’s the purpose? Allen ought to talk to Smith before he signs anything. Smith privately regrets spending the final two years of his Hall of Fame-caliber career with the lowly Arizona Cardinals.
If he walks away now, the clock starts ticking on his Hall of Fame eligibility. After the Triplets, Allen is probably the most deserving player of a bust in Canton from the Dallas dynasty of the 1990s.
Troy Aikman retired a Cowboy. Michael Irvin retired a Cowboy. Allen should walk away from the game now as a Cowboy â€“ with his reputation intact of having been one of the finest offensive linemen to play the game.
As a fan, that would be my preference as well. My second choice would be to have him stay on another year or two with the Cowboys at a much lower salary with incentives.
But playing football is how Allen makes a living. It’s hard to begrudge him taking a few million dollars from an owner who thinks the NFL is fantasy ball where signing big names is the way to win.
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