With the NFL trade deadline just days away, rumors are starting to swirl across the internet. One name that’s being kicked around is none other than Minnesota Vikings‘ defensive end Jared Allen. With the Vikings basically down and out at 1-5, they can easily be considered ‘sellers’ at this point. The only problem is that there’s not a lot a of selling that goes on at the NFL trade deadline.
When it comes to Allen, he’s technically a good candidate to be traded. He’s in the final year of his deal and he could no doubt help out a team in need of a pass-rusher. The only problem is his cost. Allen is currently in the midst of raking in more than $17 million this season. Any team that picked him up by next Tuesday’s deadline would still have to pay him about $7 million dollars to finish out the season.
So while it’s unlikely that he’ll be traded, it’s not completely out of the question. The Vikings could probably get a solid mid-round selection or equivalent in return. If they lose this Sunday night to the Green Bay Packers, they may want to consider dealing the star DE. No team in today’s NFL is coming back from 1-6.
Whether Allen is dealt or not, I think he’s done in Minnesota after this season no matter what. He’s not the same player they signed to a $73 million contract back in 2008. He’s simply not worth the kind of money he makes anymore. He’s still one of the best pass-rushers in the game, but he’s not $17 million/season good. Look for the Vikings to continue to build through the draft and avoid signing big name free agents, like Allen will be.