Dec 9, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen (69) before the game against the Chicago Bears at the Metrodome. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Jared Allen Remains Hostile; Continues to Question Future with Minnesota Vikings


The Minnesota VIkings are entering an interesting period in terms of where the franchise is headed, but there’s a massive, mulleted question mark standing in the way of fans fully embracing the change. Jared Allen told the Star Tribune earlier this week that he would leave the Vikings if they asked him to take a pay cut and he hasn’t backed off that claim. In fact Allen is continuing to question his future with the Vikings and has said he’s not sure if he’ll be with the Vikings in 2014 after his contract expires.

Allen has without a doubt been 1-B on the team in terms of the guy fans love to see hit the field. There’s no questioning Adrian Peterson’s supremacy on the as the face of the franchise but Allen and that mullet — which he recently grew back– have been as prominent as anything in Minnesota in recent years.

But while fans love him, Allen is taking a very hostile stance with management in regards to his contract and that’s not a good thing for fans hoping to see him continue his career with the Vikings.

Currently Allen is entering the final year of his contract and he’s already laying down the law when it comes to what offers the Vikings might come at him with. The Pro Bowler is slated to make $14.2 million in base salary in 2013 with an additional $2.5 million in bonuses bringing his cap hit to around $17 million for Minnesota this season.

Allen can’t possibly think at age 31 he’ll be offered $17 million from the Vikings in 2014 when he’s an unrestricted free agent but he seems to be slamming the door on the organization already. He’s very sensitive to the term ‘restructure’ and thinks of it as an insult of the worst kind towards him should the VIkings approach him with the notion.

Frankly, it’s extremely greedy and low of Allen to essentially give the Vikings the finger before they even think about asking him to help them get some extra cash to alleviate salary cap tension. Allen is entitled to a decent chunk of coin for living through the terrible teams Minnesota has produced the last few years since 2009 but you can’t complain about not having good talent and then lock the safe when it comes time to chip in and put you money where your mouth is.

And it’s not as if the media is blowing this out of proportion — Allen is taking a hostile stance with the Vikings for no apparent reason other than he’s setting his price for them now and it’s either pay up or get out of his way in free agency next season.

Vikings fans are growing increasingly displeased with Allen and this lashing out at the team he has been so much a part of is a really bad look for Allen — worse than the mullet which is increasingly becoming uncool with each hostile remark he makes.

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  • Guest

    It’s not Jared Allen’s job to help management with its book keeping. He shouldn’t have to pay for the horrible decisions of the front office. For instance, Christian Ponder did nothing during his college career to suggest that he should be a first round draft pick, much less one of the highest paid players on an NFL team (from the looks of things Ponder’s performance and the trajectory of his pro career is commensurate with what he did in college…Yet, you don’t dare question management or the millions of dollars that HE should give back to the team.

    Management screws players every day. They don’t honor contracts, the cut players before they have to pay them. They sign them to deals that they are under no obligation to honor…and they don’t. If your boss asked you to give back ten percent of your salary so that Fansided could hire more writers, you’d laugh your head off. Unlike athletes in the other pro sports, NFL players can’t rely on the money that was assured them in their contracts. Jared Allen provides a service to the Vikings for which he is compensated. Period. He doesn’t owe them any more than that. Your characterization of him as “extremely greedy and low,” is absurd…Though not quite as absurd as suggesting that players should “chip in” to give poor ol’ Rick and Zygi a hand in managing their money.

    For NFL players, there are no birds in the bush. There’s only what’s in their hands right now. The business of football never, ever stops. If Jared Allen wants to establish the terms of his re-signing with the Vikings right now, well, that’s just business.

  • Owen Petrie

    It’s not Jared Allen’s job to help management with its book keeping. He shouldn’t have to pay for the horrible decisions of the front office. For instance, Christian Ponder did nothing during his college career to suggest that he should be a first round draft pick, much less one of the highest paid players on an NFL team (from the looks of things Ponder’s performance and the trajectory of his pro career is commensurate with what he did in college) yet, you don’t dare question management or the millions of dollars that HE should give back to the team.

    Management screws players every day. They don’t honor contracts and routinely cut players before they reach their payment deadlines. They sign them to deals that they are under no obligation to honor…and they don’t. If your boss asked you to give back ten percent of your salary so that Fansided could hire more writers, you’d laugh your head off.

    Unlike athletes in the other pro sports, NFL players can’t rely on the money that was assured them in their contracts. Jared Allen provides a service to the Vikings for which he is compensated. Period. He doesn’t owe them any more than that. Your characterization of him as “extremely greedy and low,” is absurd… Though not quite as absurd as suggesting that players should “chip in” to give poor ol’ Rick and Zygi a hand in managing their money.

    For NFL players, there are no birds in the bush. There’s only what’s in their hands. The business of football never, ever stops. If Jared Allen wants to establish the terms of his re-signing with the Vikings right now, well, that’s just business.

    • Charles Stocks

      Christian Ponder made 835 000$ last year and will make 1.3 Million$ this coming season. Hardly one of our highest paid guys

  • Billy Schwandt

    I am very surprised with the attitude of Jarred when the Vikings have not even said a word to him about his contract. I would think He also would understand at his age they will see how he plays this year after having a bit of a down year and I do know he was injured but see how he plays. Also the Vikings have been very good to him and he sounds like he will not be back next year instead of saying he loves it here and hopes it will work out.

  • Guest

    Jared Allen’s stats were at best mediocre last year and unless he has a stellar year in 2013, let him walk. He’s coming up on 31 years of age and he ain’t gettin’ any younger. 17mil is a huge chunk of change to be paying a DE that is getting to the QB about 50% less than he used to. I like Jared Allen, but if he wants to cry and dictate terms a year before he and management need to talk, then he had better be ready to walk the walk this coming season. From what I saw the last season or two, he ain’t worth that huge salary he’s saying that he wants. Sure, t

  • retardedlibtard

    Dumb article is dumb.

  • brian199511

    I completely agree with this article. The NFL is a business and restructuring does not mean less guaranteed money. Ask Tom Brady who did it for the Patriots more than once to win a Super Bowl. If Allen doesn’t want to win a ring, flush him.