Dec 29, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen (69) celebrates a sack during the first quarter against the Detroit Lions at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Vikings not expected to re-sign Jared Allen


The Minnesota Vikings have a new head coach, but he won’t have a very long honeymoon. Minnesota has some serious questions that need answering and a lot of those questions are on Mike Zimmer’s favorite side of the ball. After building a forceful defense in Cincinnati, Zimmer will have to decide what he wants to do with some of the Vikings expiring contracts, and that includes the contract of defensive end Jared Allen.

After trade rumors in the middle of the season seemed to signal an end to the Allen era in Minnesota, Ben Goessling from ESPN.com believes that the Vikings aren’t going to be bringing Allen back in 2014 and will instead let him leave in free agency.

For Allen, though, a new destination seems likely unless he’s willing to come back on a significantly reduced deal. It’s likely the Vikings are looking at the end of an era with Allen.

There’s a chance that the two sides could meet somewhere in the middle and agree on a price that both parties like, but that’s not likely to happen. Allen is still a premiere pass rusher in a league where plenty of teams need a Jared Allen type player on their defensive line.

Rumors will now swirl about Allen heading down to Tampa Bay to play for Lovie Smith on a fierce Buccaneers defensive line, but the Vikings will first need to officially pass for that to happen.

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  • holymomentumbatman#84

    Jared Allen showed me different facet of the game when he came to Minnesota. I don’t recall EVER having as much fun watching a player having so much fun playing the game!! His style brought a new face to the Minnesota Vikings, and even though his paydays would be big ones, if I were Viking management, I’d try EVERYTHING I could possibly think of to get #69 to stay. He’s a dominant presence on the field AND off, where he is CONSTANTLY motivating his teammates, loving life, and loving the game. Despite what most may think, Allen is STILL a premier pass rusher in this league, and Minnesota should compensate him for being one. Hey, Letroy Guion or Everson Griffen aren’t in the same league with Allen. Not yet anyway, and they may never be. The Vikings have NO ONE to put out there to replace Allen, unless they come up with a MAJOR grab in FA. I say talk (extensively) with Allen, and do whatever it takes to retain him, if there can be some kind if “middle of the road” agreement reached. #69 is worth it, and I’m sure that I’m not the only fan that would terribly miss his presence off AND on the field. He’s a winner, a sometimes “goofball”, and I think, a spark that the Viking defense would not have if he weren’t there. Be that as it may, BEST OF LUCK IN WHATEVER YOU DO IN YOUR FUTURE, JARED. i, FOR ONE, THOUGH, WOULD LOVE TO SEE YOU CONTINUE TO PLAT IN THE PURPLE AND GOLD!!!

  • David Mallow

    I would like to see him stay as well, but if he’s looking for that one last big payday…. He won’t be back…hes only gonna get older and will start slowing down , why pay him 13 or more a year?, hes not worth it at this stage of his career and the direction this team is going…. youth is the key… indeed I will miss seeing him onthis team but its time to say goodbye… good luck in your future en devours

  • Anthony Bidwell

    Christian Ponder as starting QB plus no Jared Allen = 6-10 @ best (but 4-12 is likelier)!