Jared Allen has “no beefs” with his contract

AP

Vikings defensive end Jared Allen’s entering the final year of his contract, but he said Wednesday he had “no beefs” with the way the team has handled him.

The 31-year-old is due to make more than $14 million this season, the final year of his deal with the Vikings, and said once the season starts, he wants to focus on football.

“Then everybody comes to the table at the same place,” Allen said, via Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com. “A lot of guys try to get more money before [the deal’s up]. Hey, I signed a contract for six years. They signed a contract for six years. It’s very, very rare when both sides honor that. A lot of guys get let go in the last year or restructure in the last year. A lot guys, . . . they play one good year and they want to re-up.

“For me, this is the commitment I made — let me honor that. They want to honor it. So, that’s great. For me, I’ve got no beefs, no quarrels, no nothing with it.”

Of course, if the Vikings wanted to keep him around beyond this year, an extension would help beat his salary cap number below its current $17 million plus.

Allen’s coming off shoulder surgery, and was clearly playing in pain last year. But he also had 12 sacks, his sixth straight season in double digits.

That steady production, and his contract, keeps him in good stead while other guys who hit the market this offseason struggled.

“You’ve got guys like Dwight Freeney, he [was] looking for a job,” Allen said. “John Abraham, he had a 10-sack year and he’s struggling. But teams also, I understand, need to look at the longevity of what you can get.

“Both those guys are both 13, 14 years in, so you’ve got to start looking at that. I think a lot of it is a numbers game, too. What’s their production? How can they help our team win? It’s just like anything — they’re trying to get us for the cheapest and everybody on the other side is trying to get as much money as they possibly can, right? I don’t tend to worry about everybody else.”

Clearly the Vikings want to see how he responds before making a longer commitment, but Allen said he didn’t see the need to take a pay cut, even though other veteran pass rushers haven’t fared well.

38 responses to “Jared Allen has “no beefs” with his contract

  1. What do you need to see? He’s the only strength on that defense. The way they are treating Allen will soon be on mountaindont’s list of why vikes are most inept franchise in NFL history.

  2. Most productive Defensive End in the league, expect him to get 20+ sacks this year and at least 10 against the Packers depleted offensive line

  3. Not sure how NFL players get paid:

    But is he gets a bi-weekly check for the entire year, each check is for $538,461.54. (pre-tax)

    No beef.

  4. I think its for the best letting him play out his contract. Also Everson Griffen is in a contract year and Brian Robison is healthy, so I expect a ton of sacks from the Vikes this year.
    Allen is the best DE in the NFL, he has over 75 sacks in his last 5 years with the Vikings….
    What a BEAST!

  5. Jared Allen has been a true professional his whole career. My respect of him just increased. You Vikes fans have a special player with a good head on his shoulders. Good luck to your team, you have a real possibility to be crowned NFC Central Champs this upcoming season.

  6. I hope all of the greedy self righteous players other there see this. I’m not a Vikings fan but damn, you can’t help but like this guy. He’s actually a reasonable person and just loves to play football. One of the few class acts out there.

  7. Hey Revis. You hear what he said? He signed the contract. So he will honor it. Thats what men do. Not what a crybaby money hungry injury prone diva like yourself does.

  8. Even though I’m a Bears fan, I can appreciate the way he’s going about this. Heck most players always complaining about not having that long term security, but there’s no such thing in a “business” like the NFL which is amazing for what the players are risking.

  9. The Vikings have managed their salary cap so that they don’t need to do a contract extension with Allen right now. They might choose to, but it makes sense for both sides to see how the year plays out so they have a good sense of what he’s worth.

  10. Good for him and good for the Vikings. Can’t remember a good player playing out their contract without some sort of holdout or complaining. If he has a good year, they will resign him. If he doesn’t, they won’t. That is the nature of the business. I have no problem either way.

  11. Wow no beef with 14 mil. What a shocker.

    If he did have a problem it would be a demonstration of a disgusting level of greed.

  12. If not with Minny, he will be playing somewhere next season–barring a serious injury or really nonproductive year. I think he’d still be worth 10 sacks or more for the next few years. He won’t get paid like he is currently, but that happens. Barring injury, he shouldn’t have anything to worry about as far as employment after this season.

  13. It is easy to talk about how you “just want to honor your contract” when the guys like Elvis Dumervil and Cliff Avril just signed for HALF of what you will be making this year…

  14. Umm…..what’s the honor in Jared Allen essentially saying I’m 31, just coming off of a shoulder injury and I expect my 16 million for one season? And he has no beefs…lol
    Well duh!

  15. blizzard01 says:Jun 6, 2013 8:25 AM

    Not sure how NFL players get paid:

    But is he gets a bi-weekly check for the entire year, each check is for $538,461.54. (pre-tax)

    ———–

    You forgot about the playof…

  16. Wouldn’t want any other D-End…..BUT…..he should have still restructured so the Team could add more help and/or pay some deserving players. Either way, im not upset…..just want the team to succeed

  17. purplepride74 says:Jun 6, 2013 10:38 AM

    @rick

    I’m not sure that’s the best approach. That’s what they did with Birk and we all know how that turned out.
    ______

    Birk hated the coach. We don’t have that problem anymore.

  18. hurrayforyogapants says:Jun 6, 2013 11:35 AM

    blizzard01 says:Jun 6, 2013 8:25 AM

    Not sure how NFL players get paid:

    But is he gets a bi-weekly check for the entire year, each check is for $538,461.54. (pre-tax)

    ———–

    You forgot about the playof…
    ____

    They made the playoffs last year, Carl, and they’ll make the playoffs this year.

  19. The reason he is not pushing for it is because he spent enough time with the organization and has enough money to realize his shot to get a title is with someone else. He will be gone after the season.

  20. “It’s very, very rare when both sides honor that.”

    One of my biggest pet peeves. And it seems the owners are worse than the players about doing so!

  21. blizzard01 says:Jun 6, 2013 8:25 AM

    Not sure how NFL players get paid:

    But is he gets a bi-weekly check for the entire year, each check is for $538,461.54. (pre-tax)

    —————————————-

    According to a friend that plays in the league, bonuses are paid on various schedules, but salaries are paid in 16 equal installments on the Tuesday following a game. No game checks after bye weeks.

  22. He’s over paid and over rated. Let him sniff Free Agency next year and let’s see how many other franchises are willing to pay him $14 mil.

    Even the Vikings wouldn’t pay that sort of money next year when they have a chance to consider it and they are a franchise used to overpaying former NFL stars on the downside of their careers.

  23. purplepride74 says:
    Jun 6, 2013 10:38 AM
    @rick

    I’m not sure that’s the best approach. That’s what they did with Birk and we all know how that turned out.

    ____________________________________

    yeah, john sullivan replaced him and became a top 3 center in the NFL. birk was past his prime. im not saying jared allen won’t be re-signed but this IS the best approach for the vikings

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