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Re: Jared Allen on trading block; possibly to Minnesota?

Postby logan » Tue Apr 22, 2008 10:14 pm

just saw that as well.real shame carl couldn't pay the best defensive player on the team (and one of the best in the league) because of his ego.now let's just hope herm and carl don't screw up this draft cause if they do it's gonna take a long time to dig out of the hole.well longer than it already is anyways.
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Re: Jared Allen on trading block; possibly to Minnesota?

Postby jake_twothousandfive » Tue Apr 22, 2008 10:20 pm

Vikings Acquire Pro Bowl Defensive End
April 22nd, 2008 – 9:59 PM by Judd Zulgad

The Vikings have got their man.

According to people with knowledge of the situation, the team has reached an agreement to acquire Pro Bowl defensive end Jared Allen from the Kansas City Chiefs and also have agreed to a multiyear contract with Allen. The NFL Network also is reporting what amounts to a trade-and-sign for the Vikings.

The trade will be finalized Wednesday; Allen will return to the Twin Cities either late tonight or early Wednesday. It’s not certain yet if the Vikings will hold a news conference on Wednesday.

Although terms of the agreement haven’t been revealed, the Vikings are expected to send their first-round pick (No. 17 overall) and their first selection in the third round (No. 72) in this weekend’s NFL draft to the Chiefs. The Vikings had acquired the later pick in a trade with the Denver Broncos. It’s also possible the Vikings could send another pick to Kansas City.

Allen, who led the NFL with 15.5 sacks last season, spent last Friday and Saturday visiting the Vikings’ Winter Park facility along with his agent, Ken Harris.

The Chiefs had designated Allen as their franchise player - that tag would have earned him $8.8 million next season, the average salary of the NFL’s five highest-paid defensive ends - but Allen wanted to leave Kansas City and was allowed to talk to other teams.

The Vikings could have signed Allen to an offer sheet, but the Chiefs would have had the right to match or been entitled to two first-round draft picks. Working out a trade was Minnesota’s desire throughout this process.

Allen’s contract is expected to rival the record deal the Colts gave defensive end Dwight Freeney last summer. Freeney is due to make $72 million over six years and received $30 million guaranteed.

Defensive end has been considered the Vikings’ biggest area of need this offseason. Erasmus James, a first-round pick in 2005, has been slowed the past two seasons by knee injuries and it’s uncertain exactly when he will be ready to go in 2008. Starting right end Kenechi Udeze, meanwhile, was diagnosed with leukemia in February and is expected to sit out the coming season.

The Vikings had hoped to sign an end in free agency but their top choice, Justin Smith, ended up joining San Francisco. Antwan Odom jumped from Tennessee to Cincinnati and Jevon Kearse decided to return to the Titans rather than visit with the Vikings.

Minnesota also had very quietly targeted the 26-year-old Allen for several months. He will be used at the right end spot, meaning he will be rushing from the blindside of most quarterbacks. Ray Edwards, the starter for the majority of last season at right end, could shift to the left side.

The lack of a first-round pick won’t be a huge issue for the Vikings considering it was expected they were going to take a defensive end with that selection. Florida’s Derrick Harvey was believed to be their top choice, but Clemson’s Phillip Merling also could have ended up being in the mix.

Allen’s biggest issue has been his off-the-field behavior. He was suspended for the first four games of 2007 after being arrested twice for drunken driving the previous year. That suspension was later reduced to two games and Allen has said in interviews that he no longer drinks alcohol.

Vikings coach Brad Childress said Friday the team has done a significant amount of checking into Allen’s background.
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Re: Jared Allen on trading block; possibly to Minnesota?

Postby Canucks_Fantasy » Tue Apr 22, 2008 10:39 pm

logan wrote:just saw that as well.real shame carl couldn't pay the best defensive player on the team (and one of the best in the league) because of his ego.now let's just hope herm and carl don't screw up this draft cause if they do it's gonna take a long time to dig out of the hole.well longer than it already is anyways.


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Re: Jared Allen on trading block; possibly to Minnesota?

Postby jake_twothousandfive » Tue Apr 22, 2008 10:42 pm

Pretty good value for the Chiefs if they did indeed get a 2nd rounder from us next year in addition to the 1st and 3rd this year. Still as a Vikings fan I couldn't be happier right now. ;-D ;-D

Report from a Kansas News station:
Chiefs agree to trade Jared Allen to Vikings
Last Update: 10:24 pm

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- NFL.com is reporting that the Chiefs have agreed to trade Jared Allen to the Minnesota Vikings.

The Chiefs reportedly will get the Vikings first and third round draft picks this year, and the 2nd round selection the 2009 draft.

Allen has agreed to a six year contract for $55 million. $25 million is guaranteed.

Allen was the league's leading sack leader last year and missed two games due to suspension.

He has told NBC Action Sports Director Jack Harry several times he loves living in Kansas City, but wants every Chiefs fan to be aware he has no desire to play in Kansas City as long as Carl Peterson is calling the shots.

The 26-year-old feels Peterson has repeatedly tried to lowball him in contract negotiations.

The Chiefs have not yet commented publicly.

The Chiefs will now have 12 picks in this weekend's NFL draft.
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Re: Jared Allen on trading block; possibly to Minnesota?

Postby Canucks_Fantasy » Tue Apr 22, 2008 10:44 pm

What the hell? NFL.com has 1st and 2 thirds...

Chiefs send Allen to Vikings for three draft picks
NFL.com Wire Reports


The Kansas Chiefs have agreed to trade Pro Bowl defensive end Jared Allen to the Minnseota Vikings, reports NFL Network's Adam Schefter.

The Chiefs will receive Minnesota's first- (17th overall) and both of its third-round picks (73rd and 82nd) as compensation. Kansas City has been looking to acquire additional draft picks in an attempt to speed up coach Herm Edwards' rebuilding project for a team that lost its last nine games in 2007 and finished 4-12.

The Vikings also agreed on a new contract with Allen, which will be finalized Wednesday. Allen flew to Minnesota on Tuesday night in anticipation of Wednesday's events.

The Vikings fill one of their biggest needs by adding Allen to their front four. The Pro Bowl starter had a league-leading 15.5 sacks in 2007 along with 67 tackles, three forced fumbles and 18 pressures in only 14 games.

Jared Allen, DE
Kansas City Chiefs

2007 Stats:
Games: 14
Tackles: 64
Sacks: 15.5

» Stats: 2007 statistical leaders
» Free agency: Franchise amounts The Chiefs need offensive linemen and defensive backs, two position groups that scouts believe to be in abundance. The Chiefs already owned the No. 5 overall pick in the draft, and now have 13 selections with the trade, including five of the first 82 picks.

Before trading the 26-year-old Allen to the Vikings, the Chiefs also talked with Tampa Bay about Allen.

General manager Carl Peterson's relationship with Allen has been strained ever since Peterson, in the wake of Allen's DUI convictions, described him as "a young man at risk." Allen, who could be suspended for a season if he has another alcohol-related episode, had said he would not negotiate with Kansas City if he didn't get a contract done by next July.

After reaching an impasse, the Chiefs made Allen their franchise player on Feb. 7, but did not put the exclusive tag on him, as they did on tight end Tony Gonzalez when he was franchised in 2002.

That made it possible for Allen and his agent to talk with other clubs and be examined by their team doctors.

Allen was suspended the first two games by the commissioner last season for multiple DUI convictions. But Allen says he has stopped drinking entirely, a claim backed up by close friends.

"I've seen Jared at a big party, out on the dance floor, where everybody is drinking except one person. It's Jared, and he's having the best time of everybody," said Chiefs fullback Boomer Grigsby.

In his first game back from the suspension against the Vikings, he had nine tackles, two sacks, a pressure and a pass defended. He also forced Adrian Peterson to fumble.

The 6-foot-6, 270-pound Allen was drafted with a supplemental fourth-round pick out of Idaho State in 2004.

Information from the Associated Press was included in this report
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Re: Jared Allen on trading block; possibly to Minnesota?

Postby jake_twothousandfive » Tue Apr 22, 2008 10:45 pm

There are a lot of reports flying around right now. Including three different deals: 1) 2008 1st & 3rd... 2) 2008 1st & both 3rds... 3) 2008 1st & 3rd and 2009 2nd.

Clearly nothing will be known for sure until this is deal is finalized tomorrow.
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Re: Jared Allen on trading block; possibly to Minnesota?

Postby Canucks_Fantasy » Tue Apr 22, 2008 10:46 pm

Beat you to the punch. ;-)
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Re: Jared Allen on trading block; possibly to Minnesota?

Postby logan » Tue Apr 22, 2008 10:50 pm

i'll take a first and two thirds all day long. ;-D
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Re: Jared Allen on trading block; possibly to Minnesota?

Postby jake_twothousandfive » Tue Apr 22, 2008 10:57 pm

It's starting to look like it was a 1st and both 3rd rounders.
Vikings Get Jared Allen
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Posted Apr 22, 2008
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Re: Jared Allen on trading block; possibly to Minnesota?

Postby jake_twothousandfive » Tue Apr 22, 2008 11:08 pm

I usually avoid PFT.com but they often get contracts right. Still this would be enormous and everywhere else I've seen is reporting 6 years for $55 million with $25 million guaranteed.

VIKES BREAK THE BANK FOR ALLEN
Posted by Mike Florio on April 22, 2008, 11:48 p.m.

In addition to the three 2008 draft picks that the Minnesota Vikings gave up in order to acquire the rights to defensive end Jared Allen, the Vikes have made defensive end Jared Allen the highest-paid defensive player in the NFL.

Per Jay Glazer of FOXSports.com, Allen will get a six-year, $74 million deal, with $31 million in guaranteed money.

Actually, the guarantee is $31,000,069. That’s right . . . “Wine ‘em, dine ‘em, 69 ‘em.”

The deal surpasses the deal paid a year ago by the Colts to defensive end Dwight Freeney, with $30 million guaranteed on a six-year, $72 million contract.

The risk that the Vikings are taking is huge, given Allen’s history with the whole glug-glug, vroom-vroom thing. But it’s apparent that the Vikings have done plenty of homework, and are comfortable that Allen’s drinking days are behind him.
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