Jared Allen says he’ll be ready for training camp, “unfortunately”

AP

Vikings defensive end Jared Allen is healthy and will be good to go for the first day of training camp. Not that he’s exactly thrilled about that.

Allen said on NFL AM that his surgically repaired shoulder is coming along nicely and he has no doubt that he’ll be ready to go on the first day of camp. But like a lot of veteran players, the 31-year-old Allen isn’t exactly thrilled at the prospect of sweating through hard practices in July and August.

“Unfortunately, yes,” Allen said when asked if he’ll be on the field at the start of camp. “I was hoping to get a couple weeks of training camp off. But training sounds pretty good and I’m ready to rock and roll.”

There have been some questions about whether Allen and the Vikings will work out a new contract, as he’s heading into the final year of his current deal. But Allen reiterated that he isn’t even thinking about that.

“I’m just focusing on my shoulder right now,” he said. “I’m in kind of a blessed place where both sides are honoring the contract that we signed.”

Whether it’s his last year in Minnesota or not, Allen is ready to go.

53 responses to “Jared Allen says he’ll be ready for training camp, “unfortunately”

  1. As a Lions fan, I have plenty of animosity for Jared Allen. That being said, I like the attitude.

  2. If I was the coordinator in Minny, I’d ask the coach to give him half of camp off. Why does Jared Allen need to be in there with 90 players? He’s a top talent & doesn’t need the schooling.

  3. If you have delivered at as high a level as he has for as many years as he has then you have a right to whine about training camp. He gets a pass.

    Oh, and that’s coming from a Packer fan.

  4. The guys getting shot at in the desert also have to go do things they don’t like, unfortunately.

  5. I have a feeling many-to-most NFL veterans don’t want to go to training camp in July.

  6. I absolutely agree with the comments saying JA has earned the right to sit out some/all of camp if he wants. But I think Allen being active at camp sends a great message to everyone not named AP and Greg Jennings (a few others too, I’m sure, but you get the point). The younger players in the league need to have foundation, and what better scenario for a rookie or young player than to walk in to training camp and see a future HOF’er working his tail off? Talk about setting the bar high and forcing the younger guys to step up their intensity.

    On the flip side, if Allen had sat out most of camp, what message does that send his teammates? Have a stellar career and you can eventually coast during the offseason? Whether the player deserves it or not, Pro-Bowl/All-Pro players participating in training camp does more for younger teammates than the Pro-Bowl/All-Pro player themselves.

  7. I could see why Jared Allen feels blessed that the Vikings are honoring his $14 million contract, the other 31 teams would look at his production and the fact that he disappears for a stretch of games at a time and pay him accordingly.

    Not that his contract is the only one the Vikings have vastly overpaid on, just the most recent, along with aspiring soon to be overpaid, oft-injured teammate, Greg Jennings.

    Allen will not re-sign with the Vikings, he will want to go where there is at least a small chance at winning a Superbowl.

  8. Of course he has a “great” attitude. Who wouldn’t when an organization is giving you $14.3 million in base salary and another $3.5 million in bonuses even though you aren’t worth that money anymore. Allen is getting paid for past performance, not present or future skill level. No other team in the NFL would give him 18 million dollars for a season of football.

  9. I think it’s funny how you guys (the media) hinge on every single word anyone says.

    He is simply shedding a little honesty, while also displaying an eagerness to get back to work.

  10. Don’t forget how stacked the Vikes are at DE. Between Jared, Brian Robison and Everson Griffen (all DE’s) They had 29 sacks last year. That’s just shy of an average of 10 sacks each. WOW That being said Jared is still the best DE in the NFL. If he shoulder is right this year,I expect him to pull a Brett Favre and have the best statistical year of his career. Whether he wears purple next year or not #69 is a beast. Griffen had 8.5 sacks last year in very limited playing time so the Vikings have done very well for themselves once again

  11. JA is great! Great attitude and humor.

    Why do Packer fans insist on digging on every player or story about the Vikings? Seriously. Ripping JA is out of line.

  12. How refreshing to read about both sides honoring the contract. I don’t particularly like the Vikings, but you have to admire a vet like Allen who will show up on time to the grueling training camp and doesn’t pull mysterious excuses like “migraines” or sit at home playing with high schoolers pretending to be in retirement until a private plane comes to fetch you 3/4 the way through training camp.

  13. Must be nice playing in a division with crap o-lines and pocket passers, most of which can’t get out of their own way. Come to the NFC East and chase Vick, Griffin and Romo for 6 games. vent over.

  14. If the Vikings are smart, they’ll start working on an extension now.

    As for the Vikings being stacked with DEs, the problem is that Allen, Griffen and Robison are all hitting free agency next year unless they are re-signed prior to that. The Vikings need to re-up Allen and one of those other two.

  15. The only NFL types who like training camp are the ones wearing whistles around their necks. For everyone else, it’s days of hard work, sweat and drudgery in intense heat, with the monotony interrupted by games that don’t mean anything. Ups to Allen for his honesty.

  16. Actually, he was misquouted, he said “Unfortunatly I play for the vikings, but I’ll be ready for camp”

  17. He will be 32 after the year is done so I would let him walk and not pay top dollar for him.

    J Allen has been a BEAST for us and love everything about the guy on and off the field but 32 is like dog years in the NFL he will only start breaking down with injurys and so on. We have a ton of talent at the DE spot.

  18. Aw too bad sweating through those hard practices. With the money he makes he should be damned thankful to be playing, regardless of the summer practices.

  19. It’s too bad he plays for Minnesota. If he were in Green Bay, he could join us in our traditional prancing around in snowmobile boot liners and long johns, prattling on about how good-lookin’ our kinfolk are.

  20. allday28mvpmvp says:Jul 8, 2013 11:47 AM

    Don’t forget how stacked the Vikes are at DE. Between Jared, Brian Robison and Everson Griffen (all DE’s) They had 29 sacks last year. That’s just shy of an average of 10 sacks each. WOW That being said Jared is still the best DE in the NFL. If he shoulder is right this year,I expect him to pull a Brett Favre and have the best statistical year of his career. Whether he wears purple next year or not #69 is a beast. Griffen had 8.5 sacks last year in very limited playing time so the Vikings have done very well for themselves once again

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    As a Viking fan, I love your enthusiasm, but the Vikings need to get to work and start locking these guys up with long-term contracts. As it stands now, Robison, Griffen and Allen are all free agents after the 2013 season. Losing two of these three would be a very big mistake.

  21. He’s paid how much…. and wants to skip work? He doesn’t have a clue about the real world. It might be time to grow up!

  22. Us vikings fans are the smartest. Most of us finished at least 5th grade.

    Now I know these packers fans usually finish high school, but that kind of fancy edumacation isn’t needed up here, in the backwoods, where wildlife and family keep us warm.

  23. I’d like to see fans talk trash to any of the packers players faces, too. But then I remember, real Vikings fans don’t exist. Like Santa and the Easter Bunny, true Vikings fans have taken their place in fairy tales.

    Sure, people pretend to be Vikings fans when the Vikes make the playoffs, but otherwise, they just fish and focus on gopher hockey.

  24. Minny needs to worry about Ponder. They’ve had a SB ready team for the past 5 years and the QB was the only thing holding it back (Favre was a short term solution). JA and AP aren’t going to be around forever. I feel if NFL films did a “missing rings” episode on the ’98 Vikings, they should do one on the ’07-’13 Vikings because they were built to win the SB but never addressed a long term QB solution (Favre=short term). Why not trade a bunch of picks in April to SD for Rivers whose still 31 and could give you 4-5 good years.?

    Now they’re waiting and hoping Ponder works out but if he takes a while, JA is gone, and you don’t know how long AP will be around.

  25. I had an uncle who turned me on. To the Packers. He’d put me on his knee and tell me stories about some of the glory days, and all the heroics of superhumans of yore, like Lindy Infante and Lynn Dickey. In my teens, these sessions tapered off to just weekends and holidays. I miss him. I loved his story about TJ Rubely.

  26. Unfortunately the Vikings will have to watch your play decline this year.

    #anotherurlacher

  27. Must be nice playing in a division with crap o-lines and pocket passers, most of which can’t get out of their own way. Come to the NFC East and chase Vick, Griffin and Romo for 6 games. vent over.

    __________________________________
    Yeah, right buddy…..I will give you RGIII, and Vick but Romo? Rodgers is harder than heck to sack, Cutler and Stafford can also move. As for crap O-lines? Eagles, Cowboys, and Redskins O-lines ain’t nothing to write home about either.

  28. Unfortunately the Vikings will have to watch your play decline this year.

    #anotherurlacher

    And yet Peppers, Briggs and Tillman are all as old or older than Allen, but THEY won’t decline, right?

  29. Everson Griffen is Allen’s replacement, so Vikings don’t need to resign him at $10 mill/year. Next years draft their needs should be DT (nose – upgrade), LB and DE (replace Robison). Vikes are in great shape thanks to Spielman. Allen and Williams are our two senior players (30+), and we already have their replacements.

  30. thevikes99 says: Jul 8, 2013 1:08 PM

    He will be 32 after the year is done so I would let him walk and not pay top dollar for him.

    J Allen has been a BEAST for us and love everything about the guy on and off the field but 32 is like dog years in the NFL he will only start breaking down with injurys and so on. We have a ton of talent at the DE spot.

    ————–

    Julius Peppers is 2 years older than Jared Allen and has 11+ sacks in each of his last 2 seasons and I anticipate he will continue his dominance. There is no reason Jared cant play well for another 3 years beyond this season. If the price is decent there is no reason to let this guy walk. Best DE in the NFL hands down

  31. omgvikingsrule says: Jul 8, 2013 1:45 PM

    Us vikings fans are the smartest. Most of us finished at least 5th grade.

    Now I know these packers fans usually finish high school, but that kind of fancy edumacation isn’t needed up here,

    ++++++++++++++++

    New York Times published an article that declared Minnesota one of the top ten best educated states in the nation. According to the U.S. Census Bureau , Minnesota is one of ten states with the greatest share of bachelor’s degree holders. In fact, as of 2009, 31.5 percent of Minnesotans held a bachelor’s degree and 91.5 percent were high school graduates.

    Meanwhile, in Sconnyland, 91.5% of people are both siblings and cousins.

  32. Best DE in football, hands down?

    Wow, the homer glasses must be glued onto that caveman forehead of yours.

    Peppers, Pierre-Paul, and Wake are all easily better.

  33. Pride of 10000 lakes is right! He also is really good at polishing my horn. He takes his time…treats it just right.

    Man, I need a cold shower! Anyone want to join me? Rick? Bblaster?

  34. He’s not the best DE. He’s not the best because there are other players better at running and throwing. The punting of goals he’s not the best at. Blocking the ball at where the other team goes he’s not the best. So there. Go Pack Go!

  35. I’d just like to remind some of the more obvious Pack fan posters here that they are not of age to be here:

    Football Talk LLC does not willingly or knowingly allow anyone under the age of 13 to register to become a member of the Football Talk LLC community. In order to register at Football Talk LLC and become a member, visitors must first certify that they are at least 13 years old

  36. prideof10000lakes says:
    Jul 8, 2013 2:47 PM
    New York Times published an article that declared Minnesota one of the top ten best educated states in the nation. According to the U.S. Census Bureau , Minnesota is one of ten states with the greatest share of bachelor’s degree holders. In fact, as of 2009, 31.5 percent of Minnesotans held a bachelor’s degree and 91.5 percent were high school graduates.
    ///////////////////////////////////

    You forgot to mention the most obvious statistic: There are more self-centered egomaniacs in Minnesota with severe superiority-complexes than any other state in the country. It’s a fact….I read it somewhere.

  37. stellarperformance says:
    Jul 10, 2013 3:07 PM
    prideof10000lakes says:
    Jul 8, 2013 2:47 PM
    New York Times published an article that declared Minnesota one of the top ten best educated states in the nation. According to the U.S. Census Bureau , Minnesota is one of ten states with the greatest share of bachelor’s degree holders. In fact, as of 2009, 31.5 percent of Minnesotans held a bachelor’s degree and 91.5 percent were high school graduates.
    ——————————————-
    Obviously you felt the need to embelish the numbers or did you just make them up? In the 2010 numbers done by the Dept of Ed. your trailer trash state had a HS grad rate of 77% while WI held the highest grad rate in the counter at 87%. FACT!

  38. filthymcnasty1 says:
    Jul 11, 2013 4:41 PM
    Players dread training camp in MN ever since the Vikings killed Korey Stringer back in 2001.
    ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

    Not at all funny.

    signed,

    -Packer Fan.

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