Jared Allen told Vikings he won’t be returning


It had been expected for some time and all but confirmed when the Vikings re-signed defensive end Everson Griffen, but defensive end Jared Allen made his departure from Minnesota official on Saturday night.

Allen’s agent Ken Harris said that Allen does not know where he’ll wind up playing in 2014, but that the decision was made to let the Vikings know that Allen’s time with the team was done.

“He made his decision to narrow it down [Saturday] night after I had a final conversation with the club,” Harris said, via Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press.

After opening their wallet to sign Griffen and Brian Robison, the Vikings pretty much told Allen, the 16th-ranked free agent on PFT‘s Hot 100, the same thing. Allen’s run with the Vikings comes to an end after six seasons, 85.5 sacks and plenty of recognition as one of the best pass rushers in the league. 

Those skills will now be put to use for another defense, with Allen saying last week that he’s looking for “a chance to win” and a “fair contract” above all else.

96 responses to “Jared Allen told Vikings he won’t be returning

  1. Great player. Great locker room guy. Great community guy. Sad to see him leave…but it’s probably the right time to get younger and start over.

  2. Just check out the clueless franchise and gm, give 42 million for 17 sacks while a po’d player with 85 sacks cant wait to get out of town. Based on those figures it will take a 21 year career for Griffen to reach Allen’s numbers.

    Let the dynasty of futility live on for another 53 years!

  3. I’ve always liked Allen. He deserves to play on a team with a real QB and a real chance. He could be lethal on one of the big boy teams.

  4. Not surprising. I think everyone saw this coming. I think it’s good for both parties to part ways.

  5. can’t deny those stud sack numbers…

    and one more thing: Allen is one half sack behind strahan for the single season record…

    but strahan had the favre sack.

    if you ask me, Jared Allen is the single season sack record holder.

  6. Thanks for everything Jared. You’re a great player and a great human being. Your status among the Viking greats is right up there with the Purple People Eaters. Skol!

  7. I’ve never been a fan of a player leaving to play with another team for a chance to win, but I wish Jared the best. He cleaned up his life personally in Minnesota, always had an impact, and did alot of good and was very humane outside of football. Best for both sides. Good luck to you, sir.

  8. Jared was paid $73 million over 6 years. He earned every dollar…..now I hope he goes for a ring! Good dude!

  9. Vikings fans are sad to see him go and he’ll be forever remembered as one of the all-time greats of the franchise. Solid dude, on and off the field.

    Good luck

  10. 69 has the ability to be elite, but he disappears during games far too often. Jared is at his best while playing on a strong defense, the Vikings don’t have that right now.

  11. Maybe there is a reason that the Seahawks have not been pursuing Michael Bennett all that aggressively. Maybe they have an inside track to
    Jared Allen. He would sure be a nice addition to the best defense in the NFL in 2013. He’d be great for the ‘Hawks and he’d get a chance to compete for the Super Bowl.

  12. Best of luck to him. A class act his entire time in Minnesota. He commented a while back that if he doesn’t finish his playing days in Minnesota, he would like to be one of those players who signs a “one day contract” so as to retire a Viking. Minnesota fans should have nothing but respect for him. But, its a business and he is on the down swing of his career. 2 or 3 years left at best. Go to Denver and win a SB next year!

  13. Wishing Jared Allen good luck — no matter who plays for. Great player, funny guy, and great support of wounded warriors.

    Conversely, if Allen was a Packer and I was a Packer fan, I’d curse him and his family and wish nothing but ill on them.

  14. Give me one great year in Seattle as a situational pass rusher, Jared. Come on baby. We are prime for another run!

  15. Ted Thompson will sign him and then the Packers will try converting him to OLB or even S. 🙁

  16. Good guy, great player, and he will succeed with his next team if used correctly — the Vikes and the fans will miss him. Nonethelsee, the Vikes decided to put their money into Griffen and Robison, younger players who better fit Zimmer’s defensive system. Everyone can buy the spin that Allen turned down the Vikes, but those with half a brain know the feeling was mutual.

  17. Can’t blame the guy, the Vikings are the bottom dwellers of the nfl. He should come to New England to know how it actually feels to be a part of a winning organization

  18. With Frazier in Tampa I’m guessing there’s a decent chance he lands with the Bucs…

  19. Welcome to Seattle, Jared! Come get that ring and put the icing on an already fantastic career!

  20. Jared Allen will never come close to 2011 again. The next team that picks him up, here’s my advice:

    You are getting a leader, but hemper your expectations. He’ll be solid but not great.

  21. Can’t believe he’d leave a potential 6-10 team to try for ‘a chance to win’. I mean what more does he want right?

  22. I know the money won’t be there, but it would be awesome to see him with the Texans. He could be the DE to take pressure off of Watt, then they wouldn’t have to worry about taking the unknown Clowney.

  23. I don’t think at this point Allen could play the 3-4 — certainly does not as hybrid LB / DE (doesn’t run well enough), and he’s not strong enough or big enough to play a regular end.

  24. Jared Allen will be a nice addition for another team. The dude will be 32 when the season starts — I say he has another good couple years in him, more if he can avoid injuries but that will be out of his control.

    Look at Strahan’s career — he got injured a few times after 30, but during those years when he stayed healthy was very productive in his 30’s.

  25. Good luck to the best and most memorable Vikings defensive linemen since John Randle. He will be missed. I’m sure another team will get a good 2-3 productive years out of him.

  26. He is definitely declining but he’s got a few good years left. Just don’t expect 15+ sacks from him. 8-11ish, maybe? Still pretty good, but he’s definitely not the Jared Allen of 2011.

    That said, someone will be willing to overpay.

  27. Jared will be missed. A stand up guy who was a lot of fun to watch. He always played way faster than he seemed. I think he still has it in him to break the single-season sack record if he can sign with a team that has good blitzing linebackers. Good luck Jared may you play another five years and retire with your health, wealth and wisdom.

  28. Still showed some talent and now add to it a chip on the shoulder from being told he isn’t a top DE……..Hope he gets a “fair” contract and ends up with a top team. Hope it isn’t in the NFC, unless the Seahawks get him.

    Seahawks have to be looking hard at him to fill their potential loss of FA with Bennett.

    Go Hawks!

  29. I’m beginning to think that “thevikesarebest” and “thepftpoet” are actually Bears fans posing as Vikings fans just to give Vikings fans a bad name.

    On second thought, nah, Vikings fans really are this delusional.

  30. Teams needing a veteran QB should sit down and talk to this guy….
    There are a lot worse QBs on NFL rosters that has never had the success Vince Young has had …(NFL Rookie of the Year, 2 Pro Bowls, Playoff experience and Mobility). Vince has a career winning record of 31-19…
    I hope he gets another chance even if it’s third string…

  31. I cannot imagine that the Seahawks are looking at him for what his price tag will be. The ‘hawks have massive payroll issues looming. Allen is exactly waht they do NOT need right now.

  32. Jared said earlier that he will retire a Viking. I get his desire to play for a ring, but he will always be a Viking at heart, and that’s good enough for me.

  33. He’s over the hill but don’t tell that to Viking fans. He disappears for longer and longer stretches of the season and when you make $17 mil, you should be a leader of the team, not shut out by a rookie LT. (any Viking fan care to guess his name?)

    Still, he will be missed in Minnesota, mainly by the Highway Department which will now have to pick up the road kill which used to be Jared’s breakfast, lunch and dinner.

  34. I’m beginning to think that “thevikesarebest” and “thepftpoet” are actually Bears fans posing as Vikings fans just to give Vikings fans a bad name.

    On second thought, nah, Vikings fans really are this delusional.

  35. If he wants a ring, he should join the Hawks on a 1 year deal and embrace his role as pass rush specialist. Get a ring and only have to play 15-18 snaps per game.

  36. Nobody deserves a ring… It’s a collective effort by 53 players, coaching staff, support staff etc… I liked Allen but found him to be a self centered player that dominated Ts that weren’t VG and other games was a non factor.. Glad to see he did turn his life around too.. He’s on the wrong side of 30 to be looking for big dollars

  37. Jared Allen wants to play for a team that is going to win the Superbowl Out of 32 teams one team starts the season 8-0. That teams is The Seattle Seahawks, such is the power of the 12th man.

  38. 84smooninlambeaunevergetsold says:
    Mar 9, 2014 6:02 PM

    I’ve never been a fan of a player leaving to play with another team for a chance to win


    Never been truer words spoken by a Viking fan. Too bad you are forced to live that reality every year.

  39. Class act, phenomenal player for Vikings, he will be missed. At this point in his career he needs to have a reduced snap count to be as effective. He can still be dominant and always shows up for big games. He’s a locker room leader and he represented the team when entertaining free agents. MN took a chance on him coming out of KC with his DUI issue(s), but he’s kicked that issue.

    I’d be shocked if he didn’t end up in Seattle or San Francisco, where he’s take less to play for a shot at a ring. Thanks for the memories Mr. Allen.

  40. Got most of his sacks vs Detroit, Greenbay, Arizona… He’s got a pretty high standards 12 sack 2013 season seemed sucky…Disappeared vs good to great Tackles

  41. Oh, and with Jared Allen and Kevin Williams off the books, it puts $18,000,000 of cap space back on the books, not a bad thing for MN.

  42. Wishing Jared Allen the best of luck. Thanks for the awesome memories as a Viking. SKOL!

  43. Little known fact, when Jared signed his contract with the vikings, he was at that instant making more than all of you poor souls who have to try and find work in “wisconsin” .
    J.Allen’s contract > Entire “wisconsin” workforce.

  44. Jared Allen wants a ring after seen seeing ex-teammates Percy Harvin and Sydney Rice get rings. He has even seen defensive players Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril move to another team and get rings. That said, this has Seattle Seahawks written all over it.
    Another Viking comes west and makes the best defense even better.

  45. Jared Allen’s best chance of wearing a Super Bowl XLIX championship ring is with the same team wearing rings for Super Bowl XLVIII. The Seattle Seahawks will probably opt out of the Michael Bennett price war and they have already cleared $6 million by releasing defensive end Red Bryant. It is likely 33-year-old defensive end, Chris Clemons, will also be released clearing nearly $8 million from the salary cap. Seattle needs Allen and more importantly, Seattle could afford him. He wants a trophy and to be paid reasonably well, Seattle is the place that he belongs and nowhere in the NFL to the fans in the stadium help a defensive end creation system then at CenturyLink field in front of the most disruptive and loyal fans in football, the 12th man. It’s not just by opinion, it’s practically every analyst and pundit in the NFL talking about the benefits of a defensive player playing in front of the rabid fans of Seattle at CenturyLink Field. Jared Allen would be a great Seahawks pass rushing veteran.

  46. cursedvikings1998 says: Mar 9, 2014 8:12 PM

    I’m beginning to think that “thevikesarebest” and “thepftpoet” are actually Bears fans posing as Vikings fans just to give Vikings fans a bad name.

    On second thought, nah, Vikings fans really are this delusional.
    Disagree. They are really Packers fans who are more obsessed with a team that went 5-10-1 than their QB having protection. Truth hurts.

  47. I have to admit…There are some loyal Vike fans. All the know it all fans need to clam up until they win something……
    GO PACK!!!!!!

  48. riverhorsey says:
    Mar 9, 2014 9:38 PM

    Outside of the year Farve took them to the championship game it must of been a down time in Minn. for Allen.

    Hey Bubba….. News Flash::::: Farve didn’t win 12 championships with the Pack…..OOPS!!…Another know it all again!!!

  49. God I am starting to hate reading Vikings threads. Same trolls posting multiple predictable recycled remarks.

    And in case you haven’t figured it out the Vikings loud mouths are not VIKINGS FANS. They are playing you for fools and by reading all the hate it seems to be working.

  50. Jared Allen you are a class act and a super football player . You are thought of in the same league as Page Eller Marshal and Randal . Bud Grant would have loved to have you playing for him . Hope you find that ring man ! and come back and retire as one of the purple .

  51. as a bears fan, Jared was always fun to see on the field and it’d be nice to see him sign with the team. we need help on the D line and he’d have a nice familiarity staying in the division.

  52. Dude Seattle is a good team that won the Superbowl but they will not repeat believe that and Allen will be a non factor on whatever team he signed with #Facts

  53. Don’t know how much he wants, but would be a blast to see him in Green & Gold. Lord knows the Vikes poached enough players & coaches from GB.

  54. Jared needs to bring his rope and cowboy boots to Seattle. They already have a winner. Going back to KC would be a waste of time. Seattle is capable of repeating. He’s made his money, now let’s go get this ring. Go Hawks!

  55. I wish the vikings gave Jared Robison’s money. He is only a year older than Robison. And Jared has been way more productive. Robison has been a disappointment. Too often talking about potential with him. Good luck Jared.

  56. Age is catching up with him, but he still has a few good years left, it’s a business, everyone seems to forget that part .

  57. we had some good years. however everyone get old. jarad good luck, were going with youth and you expect too much damn money. when did it become more about money then a superbowl to you guys. look how in miami they built a dynasty with taking less money and all signing together to play on the same team thats how you do it, too much greed.

  58. ….viking trolls are such LOSERS……hey jared….come to green bay just to pizz-off the jealous viking trolls…..you certainly stand a better chance of a championship at green bay than minne-CHOKE-a…

  59. Jared Allen was the one player that best embodied the losing spirit of degenerate Viking fans everywhere. “Embrace the suck” became the battle cry of these perpetual underachievers. Of note – the Vikings managed to finish in last place in 3 of the last 4 seasons.

    But alas, the rancid stench of losing eventually got to Jared, and he now leaves the Vikings in search of a successful football team.

  60. I can see the reasoning by both sides here. It doesnt make it easier for we Vikings fans, who love Mr Allen, and appreciate his time in MN.
    That said he is 31, and likely is limited on the number of good seasons he has left.
    None-the-less, this Vikings fan whishes Jared Allen nothing but the best, in all his future endevors.

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