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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

Is Jared Allen Really a Top 100 Player?


Another Viking defender has landed on the NFL Network’s Top 100 Players Countdown. Last week Chad Greenway came in at #70 and this week Jared Allen shows up at #60. Allen’s production dipped in 2012, thanks in part to some physical issues, but he still had a solid season notching 12 sacks.

We asked the question with Greenway so we have to ask it with Allen. Is this a legitimate selection? Does Jared Allen deserve to be considered one of the NFL’s 100 best players?

If you take the last few seasons together, there’s no question Jared deserves to be considered among the best pass rushing defensive ends in the league. And he’s also pretty good against the run and sometimes he even makes a big play dropping in coverage. And now and then he even long-snaps. And sometimes gets a shot in on Ray Edwards’ nads.

But that’s over the last few seasons. How about right now? Is Jared still in that near-elite category coming off a year where he was clearly slowed by injury? I guess that depends on how he recovers from the injury. He had shoulder surgery this offseason and is diligently rehabbing. There’s every reason to believe that, if Jared gets his body right, he can rebound from a somewhat off season.

Or maybe Jared is just past his prime and destined to see his production slip and slide more with each passing season. It’s a slippery slope for guys Jared’s age. Once you get that momentum going in one direction on a surface with not very much friction, you tend to just keep going right on into oblivion.

One thing I know for sure: Jared’s not getting close to 22 sacks again. That was an epic season for Allen. Everything fell just right. Expecting him to keep up that production was never realistic. 2012 was more than anything an adjustment back to the norm.

Bottom line: Maybe Jared is still a top 100 player but the arrow is definitely trending down. The only thing trending up with Jared is his bank account. Top 100 player or not, dude is making $17 million this season. And don’t even think of asking him to renegotiate. He will spear you in the butt like you were an elk.

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  • Mike Bridges

    Yes, he IS a top 100 defensive player. No question. 12 sacks is nothing to sneeze at and many D linemen would love to get that many!

  • Jim Smith

    Don’t bet against him getting close to 22 sacks again. He played most the year injured and recorded 12 sacks last year. With the rest of the D-line emerging this season and next, teams will not be able to double team him as much and he will make them pay for it plus he is one of the best run stopping D-linemen in football if not the best.

  • Charles Stocks

    He’s still the best all-round 4-3 DE’s in the league IMO. I thought he’d be higher than 60th

  • Mandooooo

    The fact that he got 12 sacks with his arm injured the way it was basically PROVES he is a top 100 player. Most DE didn’t get half that many sacks fully healthy….

  • Justin Jubby Perdzock

    He’s top 50 and thts coming from a packer you make 12 sacks sound like its the league average