Report: Vikings have discussed trading Jared Allen before deadline
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The Minnesota Vikings would be willing to deal Jared Allen before the NFL trade deadline arrives at 3 p.m. Tuesday, according to Jay Glazer of Fox Sports.
Glazer tweeted Sunday that Allen could be obtained "for the right price," adding, that trading the defensive end has been discussed at Winter Park.
Moving Allen makes sense because he will be a free agent after this season and there have been no known talks about a contract extension.
Vikings would be willing to trade Jared Allen for the right price. Makes sense as he's free agent after the year, they've discussed it some— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) October 27, 2013
So what would the price be for Allen?
Glazer explains that any contender wanting obtain Allen would need to give the Vikings more than third-round draft pick because that's what they could receive as compensation if he leaves as a free agent.
Any team dealing for Allen would need to absorb a contract that will pay him $14.3 million this season. Obviously, the Vikings already have paid a portion of the contract but nonetheless salary-cap room would have to be created by a club that took on Allen.
Allen, 31, had 4.5 sacks in six games entering Sunday night's game against the Green Bay Packers at the Metrodome. He had a career-high 22 sacks in 2011, coming within a half-sack of tying Michael Strahan's NFL record, but had that number drop to 12 in 2012.
It turned out Allen played much of the year injured and after the season he had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder as well as a procedure described as a 'minor cleanup' of his knee.