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.