Vikings Talking With Seattle, Second Team About Jared Allen Trade
By Dan Zinski
Aug 16, 2013; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen (69) before the game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Bills beat the Vikings 20-16. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports
The NFL trade deadline normally comes and goes with no action taking place, but that won’t stop the rumor mill from spinning madly like an out-of-control pinwheel. The Vikings, being totally out of anything remotely resembling a playoff race, have naturally become front-and-center in all this rumor-mongering, and the one big time player having his name thrown out there the most is Jared Allen.
The latest rumor on Allen has the Vikings shopping him to Seattle possibly in exchange for a second-round pick. The Vikings reportedly would listen if Seattle offers a conditional third round pick. A second team has reportedly also contacted the Vikings. The Cowboys and Broncos were believed to have some interest.
It makes all the sense in the world for the Vikings to trade Jared Allen. He doesn’t fit into the future plans and frankly he probably has no interest in re-signing here after the season anyway. The best the Vikes can get for him in compensation if he leaves as a FA is a fifth rounder, so if they can score a second or even a third, that would be a good thing.
Of course we’ve loved having Jared here over the years and don’t want to see him go but reality is reality. The best thing for this organization is to move Jared ahead of the deadline if possible. The Vikes will reportedly have to eat some money to make a trade happen but they seem willing to do that. Everson Griffen would move in as the starting right end if Jared goes.
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