Strahan passing torch to Allen, others

As Michael Strahan mulls retirement, a new wave of pass-rushers is poised to step to the fore, writes Bill Williamson.

Originally Published: May 19, 2008
By Bill Williamson | ESPN.com

With Michael Strahan's retirement, there is a changing of the pass-rushing guard. Here's a look at the top-10 players who bring in the heat in the NFL:

1. Jared Allen, DE, Minnesota Vikings: Allen is the best pure pass-rusher in the NFL. That's why Minnesota gave up a ton (a first-round pick and two third-rounders) to get him in a trade from Kansas City last month.

Allen is a defense-changing talent and he's getting better. At 26, Allen is just entering his prime. ...

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