There aren’t many people who think that defensive end Jared Allen is going to return to the Vikings next season and nothing he said during an interview on Wednesday is going to change their minds.
Allen told Bruce Murray and Rich Gannon of Sirius XM NFL Radio that he believes he has a lot of good football left and “a chip on his shoulder” toward those who believe otherwise. He also discussed what he’s looking for in a place to play that good football.
“I think for my next team it will come down to a chance to win, a good organization, as well as getting a fair contract,” Allen said.
If Allen’s definition of a fair contract is one that would allow him to move into more of a situational role, there will likely be a lot of interest from teams with a better chance to win than the Vikings. There were conflicting reports about the Seahawks being interested in a trade for Allen before the deadline last year and they’d certainly qualify for the first two things that Allen’s looking for in free agency.