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Minnesota Vikings free agents: DE Jared Allen

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Number: 69

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Height: 6-6

Weight: 270

College: Idaho State

Experience: 10

2013 Statistics: 52 tackles, 11.5 sacks, 6 passes deflected, 2 forced fumbles

Career Statistics: 555 tackes, 128.5 sacks, 4 safeties, 50 passes deflected, 5 interceptions, 29 forced fumbles, 17 fumble recoveries

Outlook: Allen is a fan favorite and consistent pass rushing star. He remains one of the best pass rushers in the league. However, time is starting to catch up with the 31-year-old defensive end.

The Vikings acquired Allen and a sixth round draft pick from the Kansas City Chiefs for a first round draft pick, two third round picks and a sixth round draft pick shortly before the 2008 NFL draft pick.

Allen then received, what was at the time, the richest contract in NFL history for a defensive player.

Despite reaching the double digit sack plateau for seven consecutive years and eight times in 10 NFL seasons, his production has steadily dropped since nearing the league’s single season record in 2011.

There is plenty of support for the Vikings to re-sign him. That, however, likely would have to come at the Vikings’ terms, a more team-friendly cap number than the $17 million he made last season and limited years.

Even then the team has probably placed a greater priority on the younger and more athletic Everson Griffen.

Allen is more likely to get more money and a longer term contract, as well as find a team that can contend for a Super Bowl now somewhere else.


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