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Jared Allen, Vikings haven’t “talked one iota” about his contract

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Vikings defensive end Jared Allen is in the final year of his contract, a deal that will pay him more than $14 million for the 2013 season.

Allen’s cap number is $17 million, which led some to wonder if the Vikings might try to find some way to make Allen’s number lower for this season so that they could use some of that cap space in other ways. That could be accomplished through an extension that guarantees Allen stays in Minnesota for several years or some other kind of restructuring of the current deal, but Allen says that neither option has been on the table this offseason.

“You use the word restructure and that to me makes it feel like they’d want me to take a pay cut. And if anybody asked me to take a pay cut, I’d be through the first door out of there. So no. We haven’t talked one iota. It is what it is,” Allen said, via Dan Wiederer of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. “And we’re going to go about our business and play good ball and try to win a Super Bowl. And like I said the business stuff? We take care of that in the offseason. I have people to do that. That’s why I don’t get into it. You’re not going to hear it from me. I won’t complain. I go about my business.”

We can’t argue with Allen when it comes to the idea of somehow taking less money from the Vikings. His play has done nothing to warrant any such approach and he’d be correct to reject it out of hand.

An extension seems much more sensible, although the Vikings may have been cautious about it thanks to Allen’s knee and shoulder surgery early in the offseason or the fact that he just turned 31. Unless the two sides plan to start talking in the next couple of months, it looks like Allen’s status will be one of the big stories come the start of next offseason.

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  1. winkeroni says: May 23, 2013 7:57 AM

    I don’t think Jared Allen’s play warrants a pay cut. He’s likely not going to get 22 sacks in a year again but he’s at least good for 10 and is going to attract extra attention allowing the guys around him to produce. He’s one of the best, if not the best, pass rushers in the league.

  2. conormacleod says: May 23, 2013 7:58 AM

    69 has earned his pay. But you can’t ignore his age or health issues. I’d have no problem either extending his contract or taking a wait and see approach.

  3. purplepride1978 says: May 23, 2013 8:29 AM

    Pay the man! He’s not only a leader, but the man can still play. With his offseason surgeries, I would have to imagine that he’s going to be even better than last year. We have to keep this guy around.

  4. coleman121280 says: May 23, 2013 8:32 AM

    Everson Griffen will be the premier DE and along with Floyd help anchor this defensive line for the next 3-5 years. It’s respect giving Jared his due with the final year of his contract but also smart on Speilmans behalf by not putting all his eggs in one basket by signing 69 to a long term extension in his twilight years. Make him prove he has plenty of tread on those tires by posting another double digit sack season.

  5. mjhutmkr says: May 23, 2013 8:34 AM

    You’re 33 years old and and make way too much $$$.

    Enjoy this year as it’ll be your last with the Vikings.

  6. floratiotime says: May 23, 2013 8:36 AM

    Jared Allen has always been a jerk and always will be. The less he says the smarter he appears.

  7. theytukrjobs says: May 23, 2013 8:44 AM

    Vikes are trying to win now. Having a guy on contract year isn’t a bad thing when this year is the goal.

    The team is basically set. Sure there will be some little moves here or there, but no big restructure or sign and trades. The pieces are in place to take a run at it.

  8. rightwingguy says: May 23, 2013 8:50 AM

    He’s a great player. Hope he sticks around longer than this year.

  9. Carl Gerbschmidt says: May 23, 2013 8:55 AM

    Looks like Vikes are starting to trend downward. I guess you peaked last year at 10-6. Don’t feel bad, that’s pretty good!

  10. clarkisgod says: May 23, 2013 8:57 AM

    I wish this guy wore any color other than purple and gold! He is a beast!

  11. ktm300xcwe says: May 23, 2013 8:58 AM

    They will get it done. Allen will retire a Viking. The man wants a ring to cap a great career and the Vikings are clearly a team on the rise with all of the young talent and can actually pay him with their stellar cap management.

  12. nuttyj says: May 23, 2013 8:58 AM

    I have been willing to give the Vikes management and owners the benefit of the doubt for all the moves being made, but this is one situation that has had me scratching my head for months.

    Allen should have been a priority to give us cap space this year and ensure he retires as a Viking down the road, so Rick this is one area where you are dropping the ball!!!! I really would prefer to see this addressed before training camp. I am willing to see how things go with Kevin Williams who I hope can play better with some help at DT, but he will never command big bucks again.

  13. whatjusthapped says: May 23, 2013 8:59 AM

    Jared Allen only needs to look at how the Vikings handled Winfield to gauge what his chances are for staying in Minnesota.

    Opinions can vary on how much to pay and the amount of years on any contract extension but in the final analysis, the Vikings have to be looking at $17 million and the fact that Allen disappears for long stretches of time with little to no production and it seems they have already drawn their own conclusion.

    Which is too bad, there is an excess of roadkill along the highways of Minnesota and Allen’s departure will surely make it worse.

  14. Norseman says: May 23, 2013 9:12 AM

    I’m surprised the Vikings haven’t talked to Allen about restructuring his contract. I suspect it’s because they’ll not sure about what they want to pay him going forward. Guys over 30 on the Vikings are an endangered species.

    Wait and see may be the best approach. If Allen has a good year, he’ll command about half this year’s salary in FA. If not, much less. That’s a risk worth taking.

  15. purpblooded says: May 23, 2013 9:16 AM

    The Calf Roper needs a good season or he may be joining ‘twone in Seattle. Younger and less expensive reloading through the draft is the blueprint the Vikes seem to be following. I got a feeling that he means it when he says he’s going to try to win the Superbowl. With “All Day” it could happen!

  16. vietnambob2473 says: May 23, 2013 9:23 AM

    The defensive end market says that he is overpaid. Really good ends are getting 6-8 mil/years which makes Allen worth around 10. 14 million is alot of money for a defensive end in todays market. Allen strikes me as the kind of guy who will let his pride and perceived value get in the way of his actual market value. If that happens, Allen could be out of the league next year if he isnt willing to play for less.

  17. We need Bud Grant says: May 23, 2013 9:24 AM

    Wow, they haven’t even talked to him about it yet? That seems strange. And his comments seem a little off – they can’t possibly be thinking about letting him walk away, can they?

  18. bla bla bla says: May 23, 2013 9:28 AM

    Vikings and Bears seem to have finally smartened up and are following the Green Bay plan of draft & develop. If Urlacher was expendable in Chicago, JA is most certainly expendable in Minnesota.

    Looks to be an exciting time in the North. Lots of good moves made by all 4 teams, but Green Bay has been the class of the division for the last several years, and will remain so until proven otherwise… on the field.

    Don’t yap about your draft. Take the division away (if you can). Then yap.

  19. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: May 23, 2013 9:31 AM

    The Vikings don’t want to spend too much money on a contract extension right now and Allen wouldn’t accept an extension that assumes his play is falling off. It makes sense for both sides to see how he does this year, then make a deal that works for everyone. If Jared wants too much, he’ll be gone. I hope they can work it out so he plays another couple years here.

  20. unbiasfan says: May 23, 2013 9:40 AM

    Best DE in the league on the best team in the league #respectjared #respectthevikings

  21. fwippel says: May 23, 2013 9:44 AM

    The Vikings needs to get Allen resigned for a couple of reasons.

    First, Allen, Everson Griffen and Brian Robision (all DEs) are scheduled to hit free agency after the end of the 2013 season. Allen still has plenty of juice left, and has shown no signs of slowing down. The Vikings need to extend his contract, and get either Griffen or Robison signed beyond 2013 as well. While I don’t expect the team to keep all three DEs, they’re all very good, and letting more than one of them walk would be a mistake.

    Keeping Allen and Griffen would likely be the best choice, but the Viking front office needs to get Allen done before the start of the season.

  22. cpo187 says: May 23, 2013 10:13 AM

    Allen has the mullet back. Without it he was just mediocre. With it he is a BEAST!

  23. GenXJay says: May 23, 2013 10:45 AM

    Hold the man under the heat and he should fire it up this year. Let’s see what Mr. Allen does in 2013.
    Mr. Spielman has the cohones and smarts to release players. Winfield was expired. Percy was cancer.
    & let’s not quibble over and drag out a contract negotations like the Packers do. ShAaron finally got her 2 million. Probably got it donated from Usingers. Desperate meat.

  24. stevent92 says: May 23, 2013 10:47 AM

    Allen will get a re-structure, 3-4 more years added and spread the pay out.

    Upcoming deals to get done include: Griffen, Chris Cook, Rudolph, Ponder, and possibly Kevin Williams if they believe he can keep it up another year or 2. Spielman is not ignorant of Jared Allen and his place on the team.

  25. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: May 23, 2013 10:54 AM

    There are worse things in the world than having three good defensive ends in a contract year. They’re all going to be motivated to do as well as they can to maximize their next contract. A-Rodg better watch out.

  26. landof10000lakes says: May 23, 2013 11:20 AM

    Maybe if Jared b-slaps his wife like Chris Cook, the Vikes will pay a little more attention to him…

  27. onbucky96 says: May 23, 2013 11:40 AM

    Good, 1 last yr of that dirtbag in the NFCN. Good bye Mr.Allen. Please let the door hit you on the way out.

  28. yssupasigninnamnotyep says: May 23, 2013 11:47 AM

    “And if anybody asked me to take a pay cut, I’d be through the first door out of there.”

    “You’re not going to hear it from me. I won’t complain.”

    Ummm…I think you just did complain.

  29. gbmickey says: May 23, 2013 12:51 PM

    To think it is a given that Allen will be back if and when management decides is naive. Just the fact nothing has happened yet is pissing him off. He is starting to air his frustration and it will only get worse. Not to mention he is in the twilight of his career and I am sure he is looking for one final payday as well as winning a championship. We all know championships and the Vikings go together about as well as oil and water. Let the schism begin.

  30. gbmickey says: May 23, 2013 2:01 PM

    Genex A-Rod was along drawn out contract negotiation? You are so obsessed trying to denigrate the Packers you overlook the obvious and end up doing it to yourself. Rodgers had 2 years left on his contract and he came out and said there was no hurry. The Packers have always been fair to him. So they resigned way ahead time.

    Minnesota on the other hand haven’t spoken to him yet going into his last year? Bothering him to the point of mentioning it to the media. Yah there is no problem brewing there.

  31. filthymcnasty1 says: May 23, 2013 3:46 PM

    Can anyone who loses twice per year to the Packers like Allen has the past 3 years really be worth $17M?

  32. boobschannel says: May 23, 2013 4:05 PM

    before the next free agency period, the vikes will sign him to a 3 year extension. put it in the vault.

  33. whatjusthapped says: May 23, 2013 4:52 PM

    Can anyone who loses twice per year to the Packers like Allen has the past 3 years really be worth $17M?

    ===============
    Your first mistake is assigning logic to the Viking’s personnel decision. Would anyone trade a draft pick for a WR that they keep for 3 games? Was their a big market for Benard Berriman? Is overpaying Jennings because your former Rookie of the Year moved on and wanted to play on a contender?

    None of these make sense but you can’t experience 52 years of no Superbowl wins without decisions like these.

  34. bobnelsonjr says: May 23, 2013 5:00 PM

    Certainly the pay cut is in order. He was only credited with 36 tackles last season (2.25 per game) for a defense that was on the field a lot.

    He only weighs 265 and is routinely manhandled by 300lb plus offensive linemen.

    If you look at his numbers on artificial turf you can see how the the game has passed by such a slow player:

    49′er game on turf 1 tackle
    Against the Titans on turf, 1 tackle
    Against the Lions on turf, 1 tackle
    At the Rams on turf, 1 tackle
    Against the Cardinals on turf, 2 tackles
    Against the Buccaneers on turf 2 tackles
    Against the Packers on turf, 1 tackle

    Granted the 49′ers and Packers were superior competition but the rest of the list was not tough competition but he still struggled to catch up and attempt to make plays.

    If the vikings were smart they would just cut him.

  35. purpblooded says: May 23, 2013 10:10 PM

    filthymcnasty1 says:
    May 23, 2013 3:46 PM
    Can anyone who loses twice per year to the Packers like Allen has the past 3 years really be worth $17M?
    ———————————————–

    Who’s sacked shAaron more than the “Calf Roper”?

  36. youallrfools says: May 23, 2013 10:23 PM

    I’m a reasonable fan and respect the Packers. Thompson has done a great job. Aaron Rodgers is a heck of a QB, if he continues this pace he’ll be one of the greats. But coming to PFT and reading the forums makes me hope for a Rodgers shoulder injury in the first 4 weeks that completely wrecks his throwing arm. I would feel bad for him, but he’s made a fortune and won at the highest level already – he’ll be ok. I only hope this so the trolls go on suicide watch and we can read them try to rationalize the emotions they feel. It would be WONDERFUL.

    Skol.

  37. lnfinite says: May 24, 2013 12:44 AM

    Packer fans pray Allen will leave MN because of their paper doll qb. When Allen smashes him, you can kiss your puke and pee glory season good bye. Viking fans smell your fear and see why you troll our stories..

  38. truthserum4u says: May 24, 2013 6:15 AM

    @ bobnelsonjr

    Clay Matthews:

    @ Minnesota – 3 tackles
    Tennessee – 3 tackles
    Arizona – 0 tackles
    Jacksonville – 3 tackles
    @ St Louis – 2 tackles
    @ Indianapolis – 2 tackles
    @ Seattle – 0 tackles (although 3 assists)
    San Francisco – 2 tackles

    Half the season in which he had 3 or fewer tackles per game as a LINEBACKER in a 3-4 defense!! Linebackers in general, and 3-4 backers in specific, are by design set up to make far more tackles than defensive ends.

    Would you suggest the Packers cut Matthews? See how silly that sounds?

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