The Minnesota Vikings’ season is done.
When a team is having a disappointing season, they look to trade players with the most value to other contending teams. For the Vikings, there is one guy that may be on the move by the trade deadline tomorrow and that is defensive end Jared Allen.
Last night during the game vs. the Green Bay Packers, Vikings owner, Zigi Wilf said he would not trade Allen. Today, however; FOX Sports’ Jay Glazer reported that the Vikings would be willing to trade Allen for the “right price.” Allen will be a free agent next year and likely will not want to return to Minnesota. The biggest reason being that he is 31 and has yet to win a Super Bowl. The Vikings may be a few years away from even contending for a playoff spot.
Allen’s contract is $14.28 million this season, making him a high priced commodity for teams that may have interest, but Allen is arguably the best defensive end in football so some team may jump on him quickly.
The Denver Broncos seem to be showing the most potential interest in Allen and have had issues with the pass rush. Denver was my pick to win the Super Bowl this year, but a few teams like Dallas and Indianapolis have lit it up through the air on Denver’s defense this season, making my prediction raise some suspicion.
Acquiring Allen would change all of that. He can get to the quarterback and shift the momentum, that’s just what the Broncos need at times on defense. Denver also has the salary cap space to afford him, not many other teams do.
Trading Allen to Denver would also be a win for the Vikings. Denver is going to finish with a very good record, so the Vikings could snag their first-round pick next year for Allen. That would seem to be the ideal price for Allen, a late first-round pick or even a second and third-round pick.
Denver also has a deep secondary. A guy like cornerback Tony Carter, who is talented, but has been inactive recently would help the Vikings out in the secondary. Carter and a third or fourth-round pick for Allen would be a suitable trade for both teams as well. The Vikings should look to strengthen their secondary if they decide to trade Allen because it is by far their biggest need and Denver has nice options there.
In my opinion, trading Allen is the best thing to do for the Vikings. Let’s face it, there are eight games left in the season and the Vikings are out of the playoff picture. Allen would be a nice salary cap space dump off, which would help Minnesota sign a big name free agent or two in the offseason.
Also, receiving another high draft pick would help the Vikings build for the future. They’re a quarterback and a few guys in the secondary away from being contenders again.
Allen has been a true star for the Vikings both on the field and off the field, but the guy wants to win and the Vikings are blind if they don’t deal him to set up for next season. He is worth premium stock right now.
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