Dec 23, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen (69) sacks Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub (8) during the third quarter at Reliant Stadium. The Vikings won 23-6. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

Jared Allen Unwilling To Take Pay Cut

Defensive End Jared Allen is in the final year of his 6-year contract with the Minnesota Vikings.  As it currently stands, he is set to count as nearly $17 million against the salary cap.  Even though the Vikings have not approached him about taking a pay cut or restructuring his contract, that didn’t stop the 2-time season sack leader from commenting on the situation.

Recently, in an interview with Dan Wiederer of the Star Tribune, the star Defensive End had some interesting words to say about his current contract situation and desire to restructure:

Dec 23, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen (69) warms up before the game against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

“You use the word restructure and that to me makes it feel like they’d want me to take a pay cut. And if anybody asked me to take a pay cut, I’d be through the first door out of there. So no. We haven’t talked one iota. It is what it is. And we’re going to go about our business and play good ball and try to win a Super Bowl. And like I said the business stuff? We take care of that in the offseason. I have people to do that. That’s why I don’t get into it. You’re not going to hear it from me. I won’t complain. I go about my business.”

There are many ways to interpret these comments.  When Allen says “I’d be through the first door out of there”, it is unclear if he means from the negotiations, from the team, or from the contract in general.  After seeing what happened to veteran Cornerback Antoine Winfield when he declined to take a pay cut, it is quite a confident statement from Jared Allen.

Dec 2, 2012; Green Bay, WI, USA; Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen (69) during the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. The Packers defeated the Vikings 23-14. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Allen is coming off a year where he struggled mightily with shoulder and knee injuries and he is also not getting any younger.  Even though he is only 31 years old, he has some stiff competition at the Defensive End position.  He will be entering his 10th NFL season this year and will have to beat out some younger competition at Defensive End in Brian Robison and Everson Griffen, who both are also entering the final season of their contracts.

It is still unclear if Jared Allen will be a Minnesota Viking next year.  Jared is one of the most popular players on the Vikings team and is also one of the best known.  He has shown that he is one of the best players in the NFL when he is healthy and still has a lot of gas left in the tank.  Next offseason, Vikings fans should be holding their breath to see if the Mullet Militia returns to Minnesota after this year.



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  • brian199511


    Salary cap is of paramount importance in winning the Super Bowl. Some guy named Tom Brady gets it and restructured his contract to give his team the best chance to win. Did he take less money? Maybe, maybe not. But he spread out the payments over time so his team could get better. If your not smart enough to understand NFL economics or a team player who wants a ring, move on.

    • Rob

      Then again, Brady was under the impression that restructuring his own contract would ensure the Patriots re-signed his favorite receiver, Wes Welker. And it was widely reported that Brady felt betrayed by the organization when that didn’t happen. I can’t blame Jared Allen for taking what he can get. I also wouldn’t blame the Vikings if they traded him for picks that will still be in the NFL long after he’s retired, but with his current salary, no team will take that deal.

  • Alex Ladensack

    B-rob is not much younger than Allen, he is actually 30

    • Rob

      I think it all comes down to Everson Griffen. His numbers are great coming off the bench, but it seemed like he got almost all of his snaps playing in relief of Robison. If they think he’s best suited to that side, I almost think they have to make him the new younger, cheaper starter in place of Robison next year, and figure out whether that means keeping Jared Allen with a new contract, or trying to replace him as well. Two new starters at DE would be a tall order, but they already have one guy on the bench who looks more than capable.

      • Alex Ladensack

        Robison could always shift to the other side if Allen leaves. I think the vikings had every intention to sign Allen to an extension last year…if he didn’t tear his labrum…they just need to see how he does this year, if he plays well for the first half of season, they will probably begin negotiations

  • Charles Stocks

    How about a contract extension? Let him retire a Viking

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