It looks like Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen may be one of the biggest players to potentially move at the NFL trade deadline.
According to CBS Sports’ Jason LaCanfora the Vikings will likely attempt to trade Allen prior to Tuesday’s NFL trade deadline, and the Dallas Cowboys or Denver Broncos may be one of many teams to inquire about his services:
To this point, the one-win Minnesota Vikings have not pursued any deals for Jared Allen, according to league sources, and have not really entertained the prospect internally, but given the team’s woeful performance, Allen’s huge salary and his impending free agency, exploratory calls will come before the deadline.
Allen would be a perfect fit for Dallas, for instance, or to fortify Denver’s defense, but he is due about $8 million for the remainder of the season, and the Vikings would have to eat a substantial portion of that to move him given the Cowboys’ cap situation and the Broncos’ budgetary limitations. Allen, a fit really only for 4-3 teams, would have to be amenable to any trade, given some of the salary gymnastics that would likely be necessary, moving around some money, etc, and at this stage of his career and with free-agency impending, he’d likely be pretty selective about which contenders made sense for him.
The Vikings have struggled to get to the quarterback, as their 12 sacks ranks 28th in the NFL. Allen has still managed 4½ sacks in six games, despite facing an onslaught of double-teams, and seeing him play on a team where offensive lines can’t double-team him as much would be fun to watch.