J. Allen Headed to Vikings

The Kansas City Chiefs have agreed to trade defensive end Jared Allen, last season's NFL sacks leader, to the Minnesota Vikings for three draft picks this weekend, including a first-rounder.

The Chiefs also receive a pair of third-round selections.

According to a source, Allen agreed to a six-year, approximately $74 million contract with the Vikings that includes about $31 million in guaranteed money.

He had been named the Chiefs' franchise player in February but wanted out of Kansas City, in part to secure the sort of longterm deal that the Vikings are giving him. He would have played under a one-year, $8.879 contract (fully guaranteed) as the franchise player in Kansas City.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers also had demonstrated interest in Allen, who had 15-1/2 sacks last season.

The Chiefs get the 17th overall pick in the draft from the Vikings. They already had the fifth overall choice.

They also have a second-round selection and three third-rounders. In all, they have six of the first 82 picks in the draft.

Chiefs President Carl Peterson said earlier this week that trading Allen probably wouldn't affect the club's plans for the fifth pick. But it's possible that they'll be able to choose a defensive end, perhaps Vernon Gholston of Ohio State or Chris Long of Virginia, to replace Allen.

By Mark Maske |  April 23, 2008; 2:45 AM ET  | Category:  Chiefs , Vikings
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