With the Minnesota Vikings basically down and out in 2013, they’ve become sellers at the NFL trade deadline. One of the names on their list of players to sell? Jared Allen. The star defensive end is in the final year of his contract and it seems very unlikely that Minnesota will re-sign him in 2014, considering their new philosophy of drafting talent and not paying big name free agents.
So in theory, dealing Allen for another draft pick makes a ton of sense. The problem? He’s still owed more than $7 million for the remainder of the season. Given that reality, there are only a few teams that could afford to bring him on. But with all that being said, there is a team who has emerged in the sweepstakes. That team is none other than the Seattle Seahawks.
That’s right, the already defensive loaded Seahawks, could potentially trade for Allen. In return the Vikings should expect to get a fifth or maybe fourth round draft pick. At this time, there’s no indication that they could land better than a fourth-rounder for the All Pro DE.
I believe the Vikings should pull the trigger on any deal they can get for Allen. He’s gone in 2014 no matter what, so they might as well stock pile as many draft picks as possible. In addition, it would allow them to give Everson Griffen more playing time and then they’d be able to evaluate if he’s worth a long-term deal.
As for the Seahawks, this would be a ‘rich getting richer’ situation. Allen would simply add more fire power to a defense that’s already loaded with talent and primed for a Super Bowl run.