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Jared Allen says he’s “all in” with the Vikings

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Though he was the subject of trade rumors leading up to yesterday’s deadline, and though he was willing to leave, veteran defensive end Jared Allen said Wednesday he was happy to remain in Minnesota.

“As a matter of fact, I take it as a sign of respect that they still think I have value,” Allen said, via Tom Pelissero of USA Today. “But I’m excited to be a Viking. I really am. I’m excited to try to right this ship, and I’m all in.”

Of course, he has $7.56 million reasons to be invested in the Vikings, the balance of his contract which expires at the end of the season. That might have complicated any potential trades, keeping the 31-year-old with a 1-6 team which just allowed the Packers to score 44 and never forced a single punt.

He said he was eager to fix that this week against the Cowboys, and downplayed talk about his future with the Vikings beyond March, when he’ll become an unrestricted free agent in a market that hasn’t been kind to his kind lately.

“The end of the year will take care of itself, and I’m sure at the end of the year when it’s all said and done, I’ll sit down with [General Manager] Rick [Spielman] and Rob [Brzezinski, the Vikings' vice president of football operations] and we’ll all have an honest conversation of where we’re at, what we want to plan on doing, and whatever happens will happen then.

“Right now, it’s about winning football games. We have nine games left and a lot can happen in nine games, and we’ve made runs here before.”

For a guy who may or may not have been close to the door a day ago, that’s about the only thing he can say.

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21 Responses to “Jared Allen says he’s “all in” with the Vikings”
  1. logicalvoicesays says: Oct 30, 2013 4:09 PM

    Zero Superbowls. #Wehave3

  2. conormacleod says: Oct 30, 2013 4:13 PM

    Anybody who says JA doesn’t give his all, and isn’t valuable, is a lying Packer fan.

  3. tokyosandblaster says: Oct 30, 2013 4:13 PM

    Well, the Vikings are all in on you, too, Jared!

    Never mind that a draft pick or two would have helped their future!

    Rick Spielman is… well… He sure is something!

  4. bucrightoff says: Oct 30, 2013 4:16 PM

    logicalvoicesays says:
    Oct 30, 2013 4:09 PM
    Zero Superbowls. #Wehave3
    ___________________________________

    RGIII = 0 good knees

    #Andyougaveup3firstsforhimlol

  5. maraneso says: Oct 30, 2013 4:16 PM

    conormacleod says: Oct 30, 2013 4:13 PM

    Anybody who says JA doesn’t give his all, and isn’t valuable, is a lying Packer fan.

    _____

    Of course he gives his very best. That’s just how good the Packers are. 44-31, 0 punts.

  6. contra74 says: Oct 30, 2013 4:17 PM

    logicalvoicesays says:
    Oct 30, 2013 4:09 PM
    Zero Superbowls. #Wehave3

    No one owns Superbowls. Did you mean Lombardi’s? Also, hashtags dont work on this site. You’re welcome.

  7. onlythebest36 says: Oct 30, 2013 4:19 PM

    He must love embracing the SUCK. He has plenty of it in Minnesota.

  8. ccjcsr says: Oct 30, 2013 4:24 PM

    What else is he going to say?

    #Captainobvious

  9. deltaoracle says: Oct 30, 2013 4:25 PM

    I saw no signs that Allen or anyone on the Vikings was going into the tank. They played hard and delivered some very brutal (but completely legal) hits to Eddie Lacy that I wasn’t sure he’d be able to absorb. While I might like to claim otherwise, there are no signs that Frazier has lost the squad. Like all teams they have problems that need to be addressed – maybe more than most teams. But they don’t look like they’re giving up on the season, which is to their credit.

  10. 4sacroc says: Oct 30, 2013 4:26 PM

    “Right now, it’s about winning football games. We have nine games left and a lot can happen in nine games, and we’ve made runs here before.”

    Uh…me thinks it’s time for a random drug test for Mr. Allen.

  11. snowlock2013 says: Oct 30, 2013 4:27 PM

    Allen’s a good dude. Hopefully MN can get a fair market value for him that’s cap friendly and he can retire in purple. Our coaching is so poor you have to wonder if he’s really lost that much of a step or too much is being asked of him because the rest of the D-Line, especially the NT is so mediocre and the scheme sucks.

  12. veence69 says: Oct 30, 2013 4:34 PM

    tokyosandblaster says: Oct 30, 2013 4:13 PM

    Well, the Vikings are all in on you, too, Jared!

    _______________

    The Vikings are a 1-6 football team you’re not a fan of, yet you’re one of the first ones to comment on EVERY STORY this site writes about them.

    Take a step back and look at yourself from an outsider’s view. You’ll be amazed what you’ll see.

  13. Skol Vikings Skol says: Oct 30, 2013 4:42 PM

    He’s just saying what he has to say to make himself look good for his next team.

    I would like to hear hear what Rick “Magician? I don’t think so” Spielman has to say….

  14. nickynick04 says: Oct 30, 2013 4:58 PM

    The Vikibgs are a pathetic football team and organization.
    Their plan to win world Championships are picking up other teams leftovers…..
    Their fans are lack realistic football knowledge. When up against it pick on a division foes.
    They wear purple.
    They play inside.
    No titles.

  15. gergie1957 says: Oct 30, 2013 5:02 PM

    He’s all Class.

  16. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Oct 30, 2013 5:15 PM

    I’m glad to have Jared around because he’s a class guy who is entertaining on and off the field. Still, I’m going to miss that sixth-round pick that we may have gotten for him.

  17. jjschmidt2013 says: Oct 30, 2013 5:45 PM

    What do you expect him to say?

  18. wallskol86 says: Oct 30, 2013 8:28 PM

    To this guy, it’s never really about money, and the money this guy makes he spends most of it building homes for wounded veterans. He is a class act and I hope he is willing to restructure his deal at the end of the season to keep playing with the Vikings.

  19. tokyosandblaster says: Oct 31, 2013 12:11 AM

    veence69 says:
    Oct 30, 2013 4:34 PM
    tokyosandblaster says: Oct 30, 2013 4:13 PM

    Well, the Vikings are all in on you, too, Jared!

    _______________

    The Vikings are a 1-6 football team you’re not a fan of, yet you’re one of the first ones to comment on EVERY STORY this site writes about them.

    Take a step back and look at yourself from an outsider’s view. You’ll be amazed what you’ll see.

    —-

    lol… this from a guy who makes fun of the Packers every time they get an injury by commenting on the articles with “soft”?

    I’ll sleep soundly knowing at least I don’t take pleasure in people getting hurt. That takes a particular brand of scum.

    Stop crying, pansy.

  20. stellarperformance says: Oct 31, 2013 12:22 AM

    I kind of feel for guys in his position. He can’t win. Every word he speaks is scrutinized to a ridiculous degree. He’s in his twilight years. He’s overpaid. He still has marketable talent, but will never get (again) the big money. He has to play like he means it for a team that is already out of it. And he has to say the exact correct thing every time he opens his mouth. He can’t win. But I have to say…..he is handling it very well. He deserves a shot at a career defining Super Bowl appearance.

    This is the kind if decision AJ Hawk was in. He recognized that the pay level of a talented guy can only be what the market will bear. Take a cut and like it.

    My advice to Allen…..stick with Minnesota. Play for less money. Trust that they will get their QB situation repaired to at least a top twelve level. And ride the boat without rocking it until you retire. He can retire a well-respected member of the Vikings, which despite the ball-bashing they are forced to endure…. is a very good franchise. As a Packer fan I am proud to have them in the same division.

    There. I said it.

  21. filthymcnasty1 says: Oct 31, 2013 7:31 AM

    The Vikings are a very bad football franchise with a losing record dating all the way back to the beginning of this millennium.

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