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Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Around the Horns: Allen trade difficult

By Ben Goessling

Welcome to Around the Horns, our daily look at what's happening on the Vikings beat:

The NFL trade deadline arrives at 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday, and one of the names bandied about has been that of Vikings defensive end Jared Allen. The move seems somewhat feasible -- Allen will be a free agent after the season, and at 1-6, the Vikings might have interest in dealing Allen to a contender.

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But the logistics of such a trade -- particularly those involving Allen's $14.28 base salary this season -- could be tough to solve before the deadline on Tuesday. Then there's the matter that Phil Mackey of 1500ESPN.com points out, the one involving the compensatory pick the Vikings would effectively be forfeiting by trading Allen.

If they kept Allen, and he left as a free agent next spring, the Vikings could get a mid-round pick in return for the 2015 draft. That's why they'd essentially need to ensure they would get at least a third-round pick back for Allen in a trade, to match the return they could potentially be giving up.

As Mackey points out, the highest compensatory pick awarded last spring was to the Tennessee Titans, who lost three free agents and signed no one. The Vikings would get a draft pick a year sooner in a trade than they would through the compensatory selection process, but getting a team to surrender such a pick, and take on the rest of Allen's salary, could be tough.

Here are today's other Vikings stories of note: