Allen to Detroit?

The nationwide tour for Larry Allen continues as the much maligned guard headed up to visit the Detroit Lions after a visit to Oakland. The Lions are in position to trade a <i>future</i> draft choice for the former Pro-Bowler, but will it be enough for Jerry Jones to pull the trigger?

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The Dallas Cowboys reportedly want to deal Larry Allen a second or third round pick, but according to several league sources, most teams are only offering a fourth or fifth round selection.

Allen met with the Oakland Raiders on Tuesday, before heading up to Detroit to visit the Lions' organization. The Lions need someone to fill their starting right guard position, and certainly a former Pro-Bowler of Allen's stature more than fits the bill.

However, the word out of Detroit is that the Lions would rather not part with picks this year, but instead use a future draft choice to get the trade done.

Because of a disagreement with head coach Bill Parcells regarding his workout schedule/routine, Allen has failed to take part in the Cowboys' offseason conditioning program, which has only built on a feud that began last summer during training camp.

If Allen were to remain in Dallas through the June 1st cut date, which appears to be highly unlikely at this point, the Cowboys would take a $2 million hit on the cap this year and more than $6 million next year.

The Raiders are believed to be the front-runner for Allen's services, but they would have to clear significant cap room to land him. On the other hand, Detroit currently has more than $9 million available.

With a career-best bench press of 700 pounds, and a squat lift of 900 pounds, Allen is considered to be the strongest man to ever play professional football. He also was a key member of each of the Cowboys' three Super Bowl teams in the 1990's and was instrumental in Emmitt Smith's run through the NFL record books.

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