NFL notebook: DE Allen, Seahawks nearing deal
• Free agent defensive end Jared Allen on Thursday made his second visit to Seahawks headquarters in less than a week. Yet, he left without a deal. Allen, who had 11 1⁄2 sacks last season with the Vikings, is reportedly going to use the weekend to think over the Seahawks' offer. ESPN reported that a deal with Allen was close Thursday afternoon. Then, the tenor of reports shifted to wait-and-see. Allen also visited the Cowboys this week. However, the Cowboys signed defensive tackle Henry Melton on Wednesday, likely taking them out of the running for Allen because of a lack of salary cap space.
• Free agent running backKnowshon Moreno scheduled a visit with the Dolphins, who are looking to upgrade their ground game. Moreno, a five-year veteran, had his best season in 2013 when he rushed for 1,038 yards, caught 60 passes and scored 13 touchdowns with the Broncos. He's expected to complete his visit Friday. The Dolphins ranked 26th in the NFL in rushing last year, when Lamar Miller and Daniel Thomas were their primary ball carriers. Both remain on the roster.
•The Texans signed quarterbackRyan Fitzpatrick to a two-year contract, ESPN.com reported. A former starter with the Bills, Fitzpatrick played last season with the Titans. He went 217 of 350 for 2,454 yards with 14 touchdown passes and 12 interceptions in nine games.
• The Falcons agreed to terms with return specialist Devin Hester. The 31-year-old Hester is a three-time Pro-Bowler who last year tied an NFL record with his 19th scoring return in eight seasons with the Bears. Coming off a dismal 4-12 season, the Falcons are hoping he can bolster a unit that ranked 28th in the league in kickoff return yards and 21st in punt return yards. Hester has scored on 13 punt returns, five kickoff returns and off a missed field goal. In 2013, he led the NFL in kickoff return yards (1,436) and total return yards (1,692). In addition, Hester has 217 receptions for 2,807 yards and 14 touchdowns in his career.
• The Cardinals agreed on the terms of a one-year contract with free agent cornerback Antonio Cromartie. A three-time Pro Bowl selection, Cromartie spent the past four seasons with the Jets.
• Safety Charles Woodson agreed to a one-year deal to extend his second stint with the Raiders to a second season.
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