Jared Allen 'proud to still be' Viking
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Jared Allen is happy to still be in Minnesota. But his tune may change if the Vikings start using his snaps to evaluate younger players, writes Ben Goessling. Blog
Allen told Fox Sports' Jay Glazer in a text message that he followed reports of trade rumors involving his name but is happy he's still with the Vikings.
"Proud to still be a Viking. I watched all the trade stuff like everyone else. It is a part of this business. 100% committed to turning this season around," he wrote in the text.
The Vikings had discussions with the Seattle Seahawks and at least one other team about Allen before the deadline, sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. The Vikings were asking the teams for a second-round draft pick but would consider a conditional third-round choice in 2014, a source told ESPN Senior NFL Insider Chris Mortensen.
Allen will be a free agent after the season. If the Vikings don't trade Allen and he leaves as a free agent next spring, they could get a mid-round compensatory pick in the 2015 draft in return.
Allen, a four-time Pro Bowler who turns 32 in April, said earlier this month that the Vikings weren't talking with his agent about a new contract.
Allen has 4.5 sacks this season and 121.5 in his career.
ESPN.com Vikings reporter Ben Goessling contributed to this report.