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Strahan says Allen is worth every penny

When the Minnesota Vikings acquired defensive end Jared Allen in a trade with the Kansas City Chiefs, they signed Allen to a new contract worth up to $74 million over six years, with $31 million guaranteed. At the time, some people thought the Vikings overpaid.

But Michael Strahan says he’s watched Allen closely this season, and he tells Sean Jensen of the Pioneer Press that Allen might be underpaid.

“You look at Jared and all the free agents,” Strahan said. “Very rarely do you get a guy now, you look and you go, ‘He’s worth every penny. Could have paid him more and not felt bad about it.’ He is that guy.”

Allen is second in the league with 10.5 sacks this season, and Strahan thinks Allen has a chance of breaking Strahan’s own NFL single-season sack record. But Strahan says Allen does more than just rush the passer.

“I think early in his early career, he worked hard but he wasn’t the best run stopper,” Strahan says. “He was more of a pass rusher. But he’s really worked really hard at his run stopping, and it’s really showing. Now you leave him on the field for four downs.

“That’s a compliment. Most people say, ‘Look at how many sacks he has.’ If you can focus on one thing, that’s easy. The tough thing is to be a guy who is out there every down.”

Strahan’s final, record-setting sack was gift-wrapped by Allen’s current teammate, Brett Favre, but Strahan told Jensen he thinks people make too big a deal of that.

“It wasn’t that important. It doesn’t really matter,” Strahan said. “I don’t hang my hat on records.”

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44 Responses to “Strahan says Allen is worth every penny”
  1. GobiasINC_1 says: Nov 20, 2009 10:29 PM

    I hate-respect Jared Allen. And he is worth every penny.

  2. Sporkdevil says: Nov 20, 2009 10:32 PM

    I love you linked to your own article. Hell, even I thought they overpaid. He’s been money. He’s been so money the phrase “X is money” will come back.

  3. Ambrose says: Nov 20, 2009 10:44 PM

    Hey Chickenhead…..by what measurement is this guy worth anything? He has 10.5 sacks so far this year, but you said you can wipe your ass with stat’s, didn’t you? So why does he get the big money? Let’s see…..if it’s not statistics, it must be…I KNOW I KNOW…it’s the cute manner in which he pretends he’s a calf roper! He does it better than anyone and he gets paid for pure entertainment value. Just think how much he could get if he pretended he was stuck in an invisible elevator! Boy, I would pay to see that! And I wonder what the 25 million people playing fantasy football think about stat’s, or everyone in the entire world that follows any sport at any level and of any nature whatsoever?
    Stat’s don’t lie and they exist for a reason….the Vikings are lucky and overrated. Did you ever hear someone say, “they are better than their record”? That’s the Vikings, only in reverse.

  4. SmackMyVickUp says: Nov 20, 2009 10:47 PM

    The guy that is out there every down had 7.5 of his 10.5 gift wrapped by the Packers too. He apparently wasn’t out there for 3 games he was shut down in. Strahan must not of watched those games.

  5. GBPackers says: Nov 20, 2009 10:48 PM

    I dont think Aaron Rodgers thinks he is worth that much! haha, jk!

  6. DJSlyBri says: Nov 20, 2009 10:53 PM

    That reminds me of Strahan’s TV show, which was worth the same amount as I paid to watch it.

  7. nerd says: Nov 20, 2009 11:00 PM

    A million dollars for every time he dives at a QB’s knees?

  8. woodman212 says: Nov 20, 2009 11:02 PM

    I speak for all Chiefs fans when I say thank you for reminding us of what we have collectively let slip away. It is wonderful to remember that our General Manager drove away such a defensive playmaker and instead signed (the recently released) Larry Johnson to a long-term, franchise record contract.

  9. employer says: Nov 20, 2009 11:04 PM

    A compliment of the highest order.
    Those comments coming from Strahan hold a lot of mud
    Refreshing.

  10. Beezer says: Nov 20, 2009 11:15 PM

    Clearly necessary to mention Strahan’s sack of Favre every chance you get. If Strahan were a Steeler we would never hear any questions about it’s validity on PFT.

  11. wrath4771 says: Nov 20, 2009 11:30 PM

    Allen is a very good player, but he doesn’t get to play the Packers again this year so I think Strahan is safe.

  12. just_a_cigar says: Nov 20, 2009 11:45 PM

    Ask the Chiefs if Allen would have been worth $74M. Instead, they ended up with an average LT in Branden Albert, a TE who has been inactive for all but 3 games this season in Brad Cottam, and a backup safety who can’t even beat out two washed up vets in DaJuan Morgan.
    If you want to know why the Chiefs are one of the laughing stocks, there are your answers. They could have two guys like Jimmy Wilkerson and Jared Allen rushing from the ends. Instead, they pay guys like Larry Johnson while calling Allen a risk, drop a warrior like Wilkerson to give playing time to trash like Turk McBride, and waste the third overall pick on average players like Tyson Jackson.
    It’s great to be a fan of the red and gold these days.
    I need a drink.

  13. PervyHarvin says: Nov 20, 2009 11:50 PM

    Strahan knows what he is talking about. Jared Allen is the best conditioned defensive player in the NFL. Plays every down. Why? MMA training. I played college ball,boxed pro and did MMA and teach it now. Football is like a walk in the park compared to MMA conditioning wise. Jay Glazer turned Allen on to MMA and now he trains with world class fighters. Allen will be the first to tell you it changed his game. Patrick Willis,Matt Leinart and others are following suit. Look for it to be the next trend in athletes that want a mental and physical edge in the game.

  14. ewurm says: Nov 21, 2009 12:11 AM

    He has 10.5 sacks despite all the added attention. He gets chipped. He still gets through. If he was soft against the Packers I would understand the criticism. He fights through. He makes the big play. When you assign players to chip or trouble him, the rest of the line has an easier time. Ray Edwards, Brian Robision, and the WALL have had success getting to the QB too, Let’s not forget the Linebackers. Jared Allen changes the way teams have to play the box.

  15. PJW says: Nov 21, 2009 12:30 AM

    Vikings do a great job in that regard.
    Everyone said they overpaid for Steve Hutchinson also, he’s had what, 1 penalty since he’s been there and doesn’t miss many blocks.

  16. tarc says: Nov 21, 2009 12:48 AM

    I have two words for you…Williams & Williams. Oh wait, that’s one word twice. How about Pat & Kevin…much better. Allen is good because most teams have to handle the DT’s.

  17. CanadianVikingFan says: Nov 21, 2009 2:18 AM

    Jared is good, and hes non stop, hes usually the guy who chases down missed tackles like 60 yards away. Hes always near the ball. And hes pretty funny and lively. Pretty much the only player with alot of expression and character aside from Favre..

  18. Trolltoll says: Nov 21, 2009 2:29 AM

    Ambrose you are an idiot and you probably know it.
    ewurm you are exactly correct. They double Allen and he still gets to the QB or impacts the play in some way. By focusing so much on Allen it makes it easier for others.

  19. effs420 says: Nov 21, 2009 3:22 AM

    cue Bob Nelson, with his football knowledge so obviously superior to that of Strahan’s, and his post of “facts” and stats that so expertly counter MS’s statements.
    /sarcasm

  20. EasyDrinkingBuschLight says: Nov 21, 2009 3:44 AM

    Just because Allen had a few games without sacks doesn’t mean he was “shut down”. He likely drew mass amounts of attention in the blocking scheme which opens up things for other guys and takes away receiving TEs and RBs. He also gets a LOT of QB hurries and hits on the QB that don’t qualify as sacks that add up over the course of the game.

  21. Tr3pidation says: Nov 21, 2009 4:41 AM

    10.5 sacks for the season..7.5 came against the Packers. And how many against the ST. LOUIS RAMS? 0.

  22. employer says: Nov 21, 2009 6:21 AM

    Ambrose.
    You suck.
    I could give three shits what you think you know about professional football. You know nothing. The more I type along, the more you suck. You suck even more now than you did after I finished my last sentence. It’s agonizingly clear you have some dumb assed idiotic agendas that confuse what little football sense the good lord bestowed on your pathetic ass.
    I cannot stand to be subjected to such sophomoric blather.
    You know who/what sucks and is over rated?
    Denver. Kyle freakin’ Orton? Huh?
    Cutler. As a Bear.
    The wild cat
    Pittsburgh sans Polamalu (yes I know they beat minny. Now THAT’S what a rabbit out of the ass looks like)
    Atlanta
    Miami
    Arizona
    And truth be told, they don’t suck but are definitely overrated. Indianapolis
    But Minnesota is not over rated.
    Yes, I’m a minny fan. But I definitely have the sack to admit when they suck. Because at least I know a little bit about football. Maybe next year they’ll stink it up. But this is not that team.
    Your brain is oatmeal.

  23. JimmySmith says: Nov 21, 2009 8:13 AM

    With all that money, you would think Jared Allen could afford a hair stylist. Maybe Childress could recommend his.

  24. MNFANINAZ says: Nov 21, 2009 9:13 AM

    Dear Jared,
    Your mullett alone is worth the contract!
    SKOL!
    PS: HA HA PACKERS!!! We swept you this year, got three in a row on your ass, we’re undefeated in Lambeau in the playoffs! We took your legend and then beat you with him.
    all we do is win… all we do is win!!!
    GO VIKES!
    Thanks Brett
    69

  25. Len Dawson says: Nov 21, 2009 9:18 AM

    This guy is one of the top five defensive players in the league period. About once every three games you see a d-lineman chase a play down the field and make a tackle 20 yards from the line of scrimmage. Watch any game Allen plays and you’ll see it several times every game.
    This guy is a flat-out stud and is entertaining as well. As a football fan I don’t know how you can’t like this guy and admire his play.
    And as *just a cigar said ‘tanks for nothing King Carl’, actually I paraphrased a little bit.

  26. blitzed says: Nov 21, 2009 9:20 AM

    @ eworm : I’ve seen 2 sacks where he wasn’t even blocked so there’s no fighting thru and all the extra stuff you’re chirping about on all the sacks
    if he’s chasing guys down from 60 yards away where was he on the 2 td runs Ray Rice burned him for , both of which were ran right at …AND BY… the big so called stud
    as stated earlier he had 7.5 of his sacks against the Packers 2nd and 3rd string lineman …. with a idiot QB who stepped right into a couple of them when the lineman actually blocked him away from the pocket or held onto the ball for WAY to long
    that leaves 3 sacks in 7 games …. not overally impressive … that MMA training was in high gear for those games ….

  27. DCViking says: Nov 21, 2009 9:22 AM

    Let’s be fair, Allen’s stat are somewhat inflated because the Pack’s o-line is that pathetic.
    Still love this motor and his attitude.

  28. Vikes#28Owns says: Nov 21, 2009 10:14 AM

    Tr3pidation says:
    10.5 sacks for the season..7.5 came against the Packers. And how many against the ST. LOUIS RAMS?
    I’ll take his defensive touchdown over the sack. How about you watch football instead of just look at statistics. Remember the year the Giants won the Superbowl and everyone fell in love with Osi Umenyiora because he was so amazing at rushing the passer. Well I believe he got 7 sacks against the eagles and not a single sack in the playoffs. Maybe we should take away his Superbowl ring because of that. Try watching a Vikings game and you will see why he is the best defender on the field. Their is more to football than just statistics.

  29. pitt says: Nov 21, 2009 10:21 AM

    Screw Jared Allen………..I hate him. But he is 1 hell of a football player and scares the crap out of me.

  30. purpleinwi says: Nov 21, 2009 10:47 AM

    I love when guys who get paid to know football get called idiots by guys who flip burgers.
    Ambrose, give me a large fry with that burger, SmackMyVickUp, the toilets overflowing again,,

  31. GBPackers says: Nov 21, 2009 10:50 AM

    PervyHarvin says:
    November 20, 2009 11:50 PM
    Strahan knows what he is talking about. Jared Allen is the best conditioned defensive player in the NFL. Plays every down. Why? MMA training. I played college ball,boxed pro and did MMA and teach it now. Football is like a walk in the park compared to MMA conditioning wise. Jay Glazer turned Allen on to MMA and now he trains with world class fighters. Allen will be the first to tell you it changed his game. Patrick Willis,Matt Leinart and others are following suit. Look for it to be the next trend in athletes that want a mental and physical edge in the game.
    ————————————————–
    Wow Pervy, is that you on the right side of the screen for the Ads by Pulse 360??

  32. Bird Man says: Nov 21, 2009 11:01 AM

    ” really worked really hard at his run stopping, and it’s really showing.” I really think that Strahan is really an idiot.

  33. footballrulz says: Nov 21, 2009 11:28 AM

    Thanks Brett
    69
    _______________________________
    Uh, I know you Vike fans love Favre and all but, well, that might be a bit much. Besides, I don’t think Favre is into that stuff. I know you guys got some new rules pertaining to that kinda stuff (not that there’s anything wrong with that) but still, he’s from Mississippi–not really caught on down there. (pardon the pun)

  34. footballrulz says: Nov 21, 2009 11:32 AM

    @DCViking
    DCViking says:
    November 21, 2009 9:22 AM
    Let’s be fair, Allen’s stat are somewhat inflated because the Pack’s o-line is that pathetic.
    Still love this motor and his attitude
    ________________________________
    There now, you see. Did that hurt. Intelligent football comment without mudslinging about Packer fans. Totally agree with every word in that post.

  35. purpleguy says: Nov 21, 2009 12:00 PM

    He’s worth it. He isn’t one-dimensional and doesn’t take plays off — a problem typical with many pass rushers. To those who harp about 7.5 sacks coming against the pathetic Pack O-line you’re right. Pee Wee Herman could sack a QB that takes 7 seconds to make a decision behind an O-line that would even suck if it was in the NCAA. However, if you look at the games where he didn’ sack the QB, you’d notice the hurries, the hits and the succes of the other D-linemen after protection was shifted Allen’s way.

  36. PervyHarvin says: Nov 21, 2009 12:08 PM

    GBPackers says:
    November 21, 2009 10:50 AM
    Wow Pervy, is that you on the right side of the screen for the Ads by Pulse 360??
    ===================================
    LMAO No,I endorse Thigh Master

  37. bluestree says: Nov 21, 2009 12:24 PM

    You can tell how much Strahan loves holding the sack record. Good job, Brent!

  38. JSpicoli says: Nov 21, 2009 3:13 PM

    A disruptive Dlinemen is second in value only to a franchise QB.
    Why in the world KC ever traded him is one of the biggest questions I have about the NFL in the past 10 years.

  39. Ambrose says: Nov 21, 2009 6:50 PM

    purpleinwi….
    I can do better than “fries with that”…I can provide room service!
    At which one of my hotels will you be staying?

  40. Chickenfoot says: Nov 21, 2009 7:36 PM

    Ambrose:
    The only stats that matter:
    Vikings 8-1
    Pack 5-4
    Packers offense is # 8 based on stats.
    How are tehy only 5-4? That can’t be!
    You sir, are an idiot. The only hotels you own are roach motels.
    Stats mean nothing. Wins are what counts.

  41. PervyHarvin says: Nov 21, 2009 8:57 PM

    Roach motels! LMAO
    Ok Ambrose,I want a suite stocked with Guinness,unlimited porn channel and a couple of hot sistas with big boot-A Can that be arranged??

  42. Ambrose says: Nov 21, 2009 10:19 PM

    Chickenhead…you’re right…those are the only stats that matter……and I can only hope that the Packers can earn a wildcard spot. If their stat’s mean anything, it means they have the potential to do so. My fingers are crossed.
    Pervy…I regret to inform you that I cannot mix my business with your pleasure. Favre will have to be enough for you.

  43. PervyHarvin says: Nov 22, 2009 8:50 AM

    Favre??? What’s that got to do with pleasure? That’s fine, I don’t really like Motel 6, a lil cheap.

  44. Bigskyvikes says: Nov 22, 2009 10:38 AM

    Now Ambrose owns motels, this is priceless!
    So all sacks count except for the ones against Greenbay?
    Wow what will bitterness think of next?
    If you care to look up leaders in any position children, you can see they all had one blow out game.
    So sorry, it didnt only happen to Allen, maybe its part of the game? ding ding ding!!
    Next Vikings article by PFT that the waiting to pounce losers from packer land can jump in on, coming right up.

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