Vikings Up First On J. Allen Tour
Defensive end Jared Allen, last season's NFL sacks leader who was given the Kansas City Chiefs' franchise player tag in February, is scheduled to visit the Minnesota Vikings in the coming days. He also could visit the Tampa Bay Buccaneers early next week as a possible precursor to being traded to one of those teams--and landing the sort of lucrative multi-year contract that he's seeking.
However, some people around the league remain skeptical that the Chiefs will trade him, believing that Allen and his representatives are pushing the current trade scenarios with little or no participation by the Chiefs.
Chiefs President Carl Peterson said in a written statement issued Thursday: "We will confirm that we have been in conversation with a few teams regarding the possibility of acquiring Jared Allen's contractual rights. Any potential agreement would be contingent on the Chiefs receiving appropriate compensation and Jared's representative reaching a contract agreement.
"Jared is not an exclusive franchise player. Therefore, based on the terms of the collective bargaining agreement, he has the right to visit and negotiate with other teams. However, for any trade to be completed, the Chiefs would need to reach an agreement on compensation. At this point, all of these discussions are preliminary."
If he plays next season for the Chiefs as their franchise player, Allen would have a salary of $8.879 million. The Chiefs have the right to retain Allen by matching any contract offer that he receives this offseason from another club, and to receive two first-round draft picks from that team as compensation if they allow Allen to depart. But the Chiefs could opt to accept lesser compensation.
It's unclear at this point what it would take to pry away Allen from the Chiefs. But the guess here is that it would take at least a first-round selection plus another high-round choice, probably a second- or third-rounder, not to mention a new contract for Allen with, most likely, more than $20 million in guaranteed money.
He had 15-1/2 sacks last season for Kansas City.
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Posted by: Mark A. Salinas | April 21, 2008 10:27 AM
Posted by: Mark A. Salinas | April 21, 2008 10:28 AM
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