Thursday, October 10, 2013
Allen not worried about no contract talks
By Ben Goessling
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The events of Wednesday afternoon -- when Brian Robison signed his four-year contract extension with the Vikings and Everson Griffen said the team has talked with his agent about a new deal -- shed some light on the team's plan to lock up the youngest of its free agents-to-be on the defensive line. What Jared Allen said on Thursday afternoon fell in line with that plan.
The four-time Pro Bowler, who turns 32 in April, said the Vikings aren't currently talking with his agent about a new contract. Allen said he's happy for Robison, but added he's not worried about his own future with the team.
"I'm in a situation where I've been blessed, I've been taken care of. The Lord's been good to me," Allen said. "And that's where I leave it. Where I'm going to be at is totally up to Him. That's not a stressor on my mind."
Allen won't hit free agency for another five months, but short of a change in the Vikings' approach, it seems the defensive end is likely playing his final games in purple and gold. He'll be headed into a market that's been uncertain for older pass-rushers -- Dwight Freeney and John Abraham got modest two-year deals last offseason -- but Allen will be younger than both players were when they hit free agency, and he's still putting up better numbers than they did in their final seasons with their old teams.
"Let’s be honest: This is a business and we are expendable," Allen said. "You just look at our team right now, guys are in and out. You look at the NFL, it’s a revolving door. So any time anybody can get paid and provide for their family for a long time, I’m happy for them. And Brian’s a good player and a friend of mine, a good teammate. So yeah, absolutely, I’m ecstatic for him. I wish he would have gotten more.”