Vikings' Jared Allen confident going into a contract year

  • Article by: Dan Wiederer , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 24, 2013 - 2:26 PM

This much Jared Allen knows: He’s a Viking for at least one more season, and when fall comes, he’ll be ready.

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mayor8May. 23, 1310:46 PM

I suspect our GM will handle this situation as well as he handled the Winfield situation. He certainly doesn't seem to have a priority on the veteran presence and the Vikings may pay for the lack of that now and into the future.

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bruisedupMay. 23, 1311:11 PM

Any time Allen hears that the Vikings won't franchise him has got to be music to his ears. If he has a great year like two years ago there is reason to believe he will get an eye popping 3 or 4 year contract from some team other than the Vikings if the Vikings don't franchise him. The only reason his production slowed down last year was because of the injuries and even then he got 12 sacks. No player wants to be franchised but this team will be in desperation mode for defensive ends in the off-season if Robison, Griffen, and Allen all walk. Those 3 should be at least talked to right now to see what they want for extensions. My guess is that Allen wants the stars and the moon right now. If one is reasonable extend that player now. Griffen especially. He has a lot of years left and he shows a lot of upside.

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callmestupidMay. 24, 13 6:29 AM

Don't discount what Jared brings when it comes to freeing up the other Linemen to get to the QB. Although Allen "only had 12 sacks" (I laugh every time I read the only part)Robison and Griffen were able to get to the QB because teams usually chipped Allen with the RB or TE. 14+ mil is pretty steep though

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kzmannMay. 24, 13 8:31 AM

He got his huge contract because he was in his prime.Now he's not.He may or may not have Pro Bowl year or two left.In the real world when skills decline you make less or should.Contracts should be based on physical skills in athletics.Business world,if you don't keep up,you fall back.I know,it isn't like that sometimes,but should be based on, what can you do for me tomorrow. Not what you did for me yesterday.I payed you for that yesterday.Bonus incentives? Different deal, or should I say smarter deal.

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kraemer1May. 24, 1310:35 AM

He is an old man in lineman age so he won't get a big contract, good season or not, going forward. He is one that you tell yourself is always playing his hardest, the best of shape, but then you read how, this season being the last year of a contract he wants to be in the best shape possible and have the best season....weren't you in the rest of the years?

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bryanvossenMay. 24, 13 1:11 PM

He is 31 and not 36. The high performing D-end is the most important position in a cover 2 D since you are not rushing LBs. You have to pay for an elite end. Unless they are so bad this year that they are drafting Jadeveon Clowney the only way Allen is not franchised or signed is if he plays horrible. Outside of the DEs the only FA of note is Chris Cook so its not like they are going to be tight for cash.

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gadflyMay. 24, 13 3:04 PM

The top pass rushing D-linemen in league history (i.e., the eight players who finished with at least 130 sacks) all had double-digit sack totals at age 33 or later (Doleman, White, and Smith each did it at age 37). So if Allen has a strong year this season and is willing to accept a 3-year deal (which would take him through age 34), it would make sense for the Vikings to sign him.

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davegovikesMay. 24, 13 5:43 PM

if he has a good season someone will offer him a big 2 year deal. first he needs to make it through the year without a similar problem to what he had last year.

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davegovikesMay. 24, 13 5:47 PM

remember allen was a voice in getting ziggy his stadium. might help him in getting a contract extension.

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myinsightMay. 24, 13 7:42 PM

Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, bakers man. That's what Allen does with the opposing offensive lineman before the lineman pushes him down. He is too small to be a DE. Needs to be let go.

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