Could playing time be a hold-up for Allen?

Could playing time be the reason defensive end Jared Allen is wavering on whether to sign a contract with the Seattle Seahawks?

After making his second visit to Seattle Thursday, Allen went back home to think about it after it appeared a deal had been worked out for him to play for the Seahawks in 2014.

But Allen will need to accept less playing time in Seattle as part of the defensive line rotation that includes defensive ends Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril.

Allen, who had 11½ sacks last season with Minnesota (his seven consecutive season with double-figure sacks) has played the most snaps of any NFL defensive lineman in the last six seasons, and never played less than 90 percent of the snaps over that six-year span.

In four years under coach Pete Carroll, no Seahawks defensive end has played more than 64 percent of defensive snaps in a season.

Allen turns 32 next month and will be entering his 11th NFL season in 2014, so one would think he might welcome fewer snaps at this point of his career. But Allen has said repeatedly he doesn't want to be a situational player.

The Seahawks may need to convince Allen he would play a good portion of the snaps. And it's likely Seattle would line up sometimes with Bennett, Avril and Allen on the field at the same time because Bennett also can play inside as a defensive tackle.