Vikings cornerback Asher Allen surprised his team — and the rest of the league — by retiring from football at the age of 24, after only three NFL seasons. The reasons remain unclear, but more information is expected to emerge, eventually.
“He will talk about it more at some point,” coach Leslie Frazier said Wednesday, via comments distributed by the team. “He explained to me that this is something that he wanted to do and he had given it a lot of thought and that is what he wanted to do.”
Frazier knew about the situation for less than a week. “He came in my office last Thursday and we talked about it and he informed me of what he wanted to do,” Frazier said.
Allen was expected to provide depth behind likely starters Antoine Winfield and Chris Cook. “You have to keep looking [for replacements] like we would even if he were here to create competition and continue to upgrade that position and that’s what we’ll do,” Frazier said. “We want depth, we want competition in the secondary and he definitely helped to provide that but that opens up another spot and we’ll continue to comb the waiver wire. I know that Rick [Spielman] and his staff are doing that and we’ll try to see what we’ll have by training camp.”
In a division that includes the Packers and Aaron Rodgers, the Lions and Matthew Stafford, and the Bears and Jay Cutler, the Vikings will need something more potent than the waiver wire if they hope to develop the kind of secondary that can keep their division rivals under 40 points in any given game.