Minnesota Vikings veteran defensive end Jared Allen is easily the biggest name on defense being floated around at the trade deadline, and there is a very real chance that he ends up getting dealt. Allen will have to agree to a restructured deal with his new team, because his salary is far too expensive for a rental player. That said, he is wiling to restructure his deal if he lands in the right spot, and there are teams interested in acquiring the veteran pass rusher.
It was reported earlier by ESPN’s Adam Schefter that the Seattle Seahawks are one team interested in Allen, but FOX Sports’s Jay Glazer refuted that report. Schefter also confirmed that the Seahawks are no longer interested, which definitely doesn’t come as a surprise. Allen is still a good player at this stage of his career, but it doesn’t make much sense for the Seahawks to acquire him. I mean, they already have a ridiculous amount of depth at the defensive end position, and I would definitely rather play offseason signings Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril over Allen. Honestly, Allen would have been a totally unnecessary luxury for the Seahawks, and I think Seahawks fans should be glad that the team is no longer pursuing him.
However, Glazer reports that there are still two teams interested in Allen, so this trade saga will continue to get more interesting. A contender in need of pass rush help will be getting a guy who has 4.5 sacks on the season, so it could be worth the price. The price, though, is very high, as ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reports that the Vikings are looking for a second-round pick or conditional third for Allen. That seems far too high, because I would never give up more than a third for him.