Anytime a superstar is coming up on a contract season, there’s going to be some talk about their future. That’s certainly been the case with Jared Allen and the Minnesota Vikings.
Allen (31) is going into the final year of his six-year deal with the Vikings, a season where he’ll make an astounding $14 million in base salary. The star defensive end was recently asked if was approached by the team to restructure his deal, and Allen of course said that he’d be heading for the door if Minnesota did any such thing. Then, there were questions raised as to whether or not he had talked with the team about his future there, and Allen confirmed that he has not engaged in any talks of that nature.
Is any of this surprising? Not at all.
The Vikings would have been stupid to ask Allen to rework his deal. He’s earned his massive contract, and the team had plenty of cap room to work with this season, regardless of how massive Allen’s deal is. The team knows No. 69, and they know that asking him to restructure his contract, would only anger him.
As far as his future in Minnesota goes, I highly doubt an extension is worked out before the DE hits the market next spring. Given Allen’s age, it doesn’t make sense for the Vikings to negotiate with him now. They’re going to want to see how he performs this year, and then gauge how much gas he has left in the tank. Allen is still going to want big money next year, and I think he’ll have to have another monster season for Vikings to remain interested in his services. At the same time, he could prove to just be too expensive for a team that wants to build around youth.
One thing is for sure though, something has to give with the Vikings’ d-ends next offseason. In addition to Allen, Brian Robison and Everson Griffen are both set to become unrestricted free agents as well. At least one of the three, won’t be back in 2014.
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