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Vikings not commenting on whether Asher Allen’s bonus will be pursued

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton runs with the ball against Minnesota Vikings cornerback Asher Allen during an NFL football game in Charlotte Reuters

The CBA now limits the situations in which bonus money may be pursued by a team that already has written the check.  When a player retires with years left on his contract, any signing bonus money that remains unallocated for cap purposes can be recovered.

For Vikings cornerback Asher Allen, who received a $725,000 signing bonus as part of a four-year deal in 2009, he has not yet technically earned $181,250 that applies to 2012.  And the Vikings may try to get it back.

Vikings co-owner and president Mark Wilf said during a Thursday appearance on PFT Live that the team won’t be discussing any player’s contractual situation.  Wilf nevertheless acknowledged that, indeed, the team has the right to pursue repayment.

Meanwhile, Allen has yet to address the reasons for his decision to walk away from the game.  Initial indications are that Allen retired not for one specific reason, but for multiple reasons — and that he simply lost the necessary passion to play.  Until, however, he addresses the reasons personally, it will be assumed that his decision was driven in whole or in part by the new concerns regarding concussions.

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19 Responses to “Vikings not commenting on whether Asher Allen’s bonus will be pursued”
  1. spreadthecheese says: May 31, 2012 2:48 PM

    If it’s for health reasons, more power to him. He’ll be missed, though. I sure enjoyed watching the Packers torch that guy.

  2. sj39 says: May 31, 2012 2:50 PM

    It will be assumed by whom?

  3. fngs1 says: May 31, 2012 3:05 PM

    If they paid Chris for the entire season, why would they want to take money back from Asher?

  4. ickky says: May 31, 2012 3:14 PM

    maybe he is going to hang out with Rickie Williams

  5. vikingsfanintexas says: May 31, 2012 3:23 PM

    fngs1 says:May 31, 2012 3:05 PM

    If they paid Chris for the entire season, why would they want to take money back from Asher?

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    If someone pays you up-front for work you are to complete in the future and you don’t complete the work you don’t get to keep the money.

    This isn’t complicated… just simple business. I’m sure he’ll be writing the Vikings a check, as he should.

  6. scottpavek says: May 31, 2012 3:42 PM

    Asher Allen’s retirement is the best thing to happen so far this offseason for the Vikings. Since 2005 or so the Minnesota secondary has found creative ways to be incredibly awful, and having watched that trainwreck in great detail, I’ve got to say Asher was one of the biggest contributors on the DBs’ quest for historic lows.

    Nothing personal, but I’m pumped that he’s gone. No place on the roster for a dude with Antoine Winfield’s size, Antonio Cromartie’s affinity for tackling, and Alphonso Smith’s raw cover skills.

  7. kidpresentable says: May 31, 2012 3:43 PM

    “Until, however, he addresses the reasons personally, it will be assumed that his decision was driven in whole or in part by the new concerns regarding concussions.”

    I think that is assumed only by the media which enjoys smelling its own farts about the concussion situation. Maybe, just maybe, he doesn’t like his job, his co-workers, his work-life balance, or any number of reasons anyone quits a job.

  8. thankheavenfornumberseven says: May 31, 2012 3:50 PM

    vikingsfanintexas says:May 31, 2012 3:23 PM

    fngs1 says:May 31, 2012 3:05 PM

    If they paid Chris for the entire season, why would they want to take money back from Asher?

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    If someone pays you up-front for work you are to complete in the future and you don’t complete the work you don’t get to keep the money.

    This isn’t complicated… just simple business. I’m sure he’ll be writing the Vikings a check, as he should.
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    I would think that simple business would be if you don’t complete work you are supposed to perform because you beat the crap out of your girlfriend, you don’t get paid.

  9. vikingsfanintexas says: May 31, 2012 4:04 PM

    thankheavenfornumberseven says:May 31, 2012 3:50 PM

    I would think that simple business would be if you don’t complete work you are supposed to perform because you beat the crap out of your girlfriend, you don’t get paid.

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    The Vikings made a business decision, under the CBA rules which kept them from suspending him for the year without pay, to keep him on the roster. He didn’t retire so they had limited options. Those options were assume he’s guilty and cut him, assume he’s not guilty and let him play, or take a gamble that he’s not guilty and yet avoid the PR nightmare of letting him play.

    Cook’s case was complicated and Allen’s is simple. That’s what you’re missing.

  10. NoHomeTeam says: May 31, 2012 4:30 PM

    Allen: “I’m retiring because of , uh, lots of reasons.”

    Vikings: “Give us back your signing bonus”

    Allen: “I mean, I’m retiring because of the concussions.”

    NFL: “What do you have to say about this, Mr. Wilf?”

    Zygi: “Uh . . . why don’t you just hang on to that bonus, Asher.”

    Allen: “I’m retiring because I’ve just lost my passion for the game.”

  11. matthewcarlson1 says: May 31, 2012 4:50 PM

    The Vikings should take back his bonus, not because its a large amount of money but, because he quit on them. They wasted a 3rd round pick and didn’t get much in return.

  12. tombradysponytail says: May 31, 2012 4:51 PM

    vikingsfanintexas says:May 31, 2012 4:04 PM

    Cook’s case was complicated and Allen’s is simple. That’s what you’re missing

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    Cook’s case was complicated? He took his girlfriend to a str!p club, she didn’t like all of the lap dances he was getting, so they got into a fight and he beat her up. What’s complicated about that? The only “complication” from the vikes perspective was that he was a marginally good player and they wanted to protect their investment. If he was Asher Allen, he would have been gone by the next morning.

  13. jmorth1080 says: May 31, 2012 6:18 PM

    Asher Allen could not possibly ever suffer from a concussion. He would have to have hit someone first, and the opposing players are always 30 yards past him on the field. Good riddance, the stress of watching you get burnt every week probably took 10 years off my life.

  14. veetan says: May 31, 2012 6:35 PM

    Drew Brees CAN give an explanation: Allen was not a good player. Wasn’t Allen a rookie in that fateful NFC ‘ship game? But hey, if he’s quitting because of health concerns, best to him.

  15. daltex says: May 31, 2012 7:02 PM

    “Until, however, he addresses the reasons personally, it will be assumed that his decision was driven in whole or in part by the new concerns regarding concussions.”

    In other words, the media will keep putting words in his mouth until he is forced to clarify by giving the media an interview.

  16. vikingsfanintexas says: May 31, 2012 9:13 PM

    tombradysponytail says:May 31, 2012 4:51 PM

    vikingsfanintexas says:May 31, 2012 4:04 PM

    Cook’s case was complicated and Allen’s is simple. That’s what you’re missing

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    Cook’s case was complicated? He took his girlfriend to a str!p club, she didn’t like all of the lap dances he was getting, so they got into a fight and he beat her up. What’s complicated about that? The only “complication” from the vikes perspective was that he was a marginally good player and they wanted to protect their investment. If he was Asher Allen, he would have been gone by the next morning.

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    One is just a simple retirement. The other was a legal issue complicated by the limits of the CBA. Not even close to being the same thing.

    Your all knowing opinion disregards the difference between the two perhaps because you don’t like it.

    No doubt this comment will get deleted like others when it is reviewed. I see that more and more… and I’ve seen comments from others about this happening to them as well. Perhaps the good people at PFT aren’t keen on back and forth debating. If that’s it, send me an email… you have my address.

  17. youallrfools says: May 31, 2012 11:06 PM

    tombradysponytail says:May 31, 2012 4:51 PM

    vikingsfanintexas says:May 31, 2012 4:04 PM

    Cook’s case was complicated and Allen’s is simple. That’s what you’re missing

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    Cook’s case was complicated? He took his girlfriend to a str!p club, she didn’t like all of the lap dances he was getting, so they got into a fight and he beat her up. What’s complicated about that? The only “complication” from the vikes perspective was that he was a marginally good player and they wanted to protect their investment. If he was Asher Allen, he would have been gone by the next morning.
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    Making it up as you go along huh?

    a. Your account of the crime is completely made up.
    b. He was acquitted.

    The Vikings handled this exactly as most businesses would. I hope someday you are accused of a crime and your place of employment immediately fires you before due process. It won’t be hard for them to find another guy to flip burgers though…

  18. spartan822 says: Jun 1, 2012 9:42 AM

    The Vikings, according to the Pioneer Press, will not be pursuing the remainder of Asher Allen’s bonus money. End of story.

    I wish him well in whatever he does next. This is a win-win for both him and the Vikings. Addition by subtraction.

  19. tbbyupthatsme says: Jul 24, 2012 9:28 PM

    I know exactly why he is retiring it is because he is a jehovahs witness

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