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Jared Allen has 'absolutely no idea' where he'll play after this year

Jared Allen has 'absolutely no idea' where he'll play after this year

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Jared Allen says he has "absolutely no idea" where he'll play beyond the 2013 season.

"I pray about it," Allen told the Star Tribune. "I talk to my wife. And we'll end up going where the good Lord takes us. But I don't know where that path is headed."

Allen isn't exactly breaking news there.

He's 31 years old. He wasn't the same player in 2012 because of shoulder and knee problems that required surgery in January. And he is entering the final year of the six-year contract he signed after the Vikings acquired him in a 2008 trade.

"Best-case scenario would have been that we would have never gotten to this point," Allen told the newspaper. "Best-case scenario would have been the organization would have gotten something done (on an extension) a few years back.

"Well ya know what? That's not the case. And I understand it. ... I'm just happy I'm in a spot where both sides are honoring the contract."

Allen is scheduled to make $14,280,612 in base salary this season, with a cap number of $17,063,961 -- both team highs.

He hasn't been approached about restructuring and isn't interested in taking a pay cut, as teammates Kevin Williams, John Carlson and Charlie Johnson all have this offseason.

Given the mileage on Allen's body -- he played 1,119 snaps (93.4%) last season and is entering his 10th NFL season -- it only makes sense the Vikings would want to see how he bounces back from the first surgeries he's undergone since childhood.

"No one's untouchable," Allen told the newspaper. "I get that."