NFL Rumors: Jared Allen to be most overrated free agent?

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

Multiple teams are expected to get in on the Jared Allen free agent bonanza, but former NFL scout and director of pro personnel Louis Riddick believes the highest bidder is going to have a sense of buyer’s remorse.

Allen, 32, has recorded 45.5 sacks the past three seasons and has continued to be a force on the defensive line (though was a little less effective this season, statistically) but Riddick seems to feel the inevitable fall from grace will be coming soon.

With Jared, I see a player with diminishing get-off quickness, an inability to win on the edge against quality competition without benefiting from the QB holding the ball too long, marginal stamina as an every-down end and an average point-of-attack run defender that does not play with a consistent level of competitiveness.

Ouch – no punches held there.

Allen, who most recently played for the Minnesota Vikings is expected to be courted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Vikings are not expected to make an attempt to retain the services of Allen.

Topics: Jared Allen, Minnesota Vikings, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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  • Mike

    I expect a lot of “trying to be someone” teams with lots of salary cap space thinking they can buy old veteran players for lots of cash to make a run for it. However simply signing “talent” that is too pricy for the original team to hold on doesn’t make you a winner. How’d Tampa Bay do this year? Oh yeah, but hey they built a great scary defense!

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