5 former Vikings who could come out of retirement and still play

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Jared Allen – DE

The Minnesota Vikings aren’t especially deep at defensive end even after the draft this year. They do have two promising rookies on the depth chart in D.J. Wonnum and Kenny Willekes but their veteran depth behind Danielle Hunter and Ifedadi Odenigbo leaves a lot to be desired. Anthony Zettel and Eddie Yarbrough are both just “guys” and if an injury occurs to one of the two starters the Vikings could be in trouble.

If this were to occur, perhaps the team could look to give ol’ No. 69 a call and see if he wants to attempt a Percy Harvin-like comeback. Even without having played for four seasons, it’s not a stretch to say he’d be an improvement over Yarbrough and Zettel.

Jared Allen was a special player. He had an extremely quick get off and used his hands exceptionally well to ward off blockers. Allen brought a ton of energy to the field and his teammates and the fans would feed off his raw emotion, elevating the play on the field, and the excitement in the stands.

If Allen has been living the last few years as a cowboy living on a ranch he should still be in decent shape. Clearly he wouldn’t be the player he used to be, but seeing him come in on a situational pass-rushing basis and getting around 4 sacks wouldn’t be that big of a pipe dream.