Why Trading Jared Allen May Be for the Best for the Minnesota Vikings

Candice HareContributor IIIJanuary 10, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JANUARY 01:   Jared Allen #69 of the Minnesota Vikings celebrates his sack Josh McCown #15 of the Chicago Bears to set a franchise record of 22 sacks for the season at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on January 01, 2012 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Adam Bettcher /Getty Images)
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Let me preface this piece by saying that Jared Allen is a beast. He is clearly one of the best players on the Minnesota Vikings and one of the best defensive linemen in the league, if not the best.

In 2011, he finished just half of a sack shy of Michael Strahan's sack record and was one vote away from being a unanimous selection to the AP 2011 NFL All-Pro Team. He will also make his fourth appearance at the Pro Bowl in a few weeks. 

But, as a Minnesota Vikings fan, I know that they would be better off if he was gone. 

The fact of the matter is that the Vikings have several holes to fill (that's being generous) and they will not be able to fill all of those spots in the draft. 

Even if they are able to snag OT Matt Kalil with the third pick in the draft, they will still need help on both lines and in the secondary. That's on top of the fact that other than Percy Harvin, their WRs probably wouldn't even be starting on most other teams in the league and both Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart went down with serious injuries. 

Allen's stock is high right now...probably as high as it will ever be and let's face it—he isn't getting any younger. At 30 years of age, he may only have a few solid years left in him and it would be wise for the Vikings to cash in before his time is up. 

Will I miss his sound bites, his backwoods personality, his patriotic displays and seeing him literally being stopped by four players while attempting to get at their quarterback? 

In short, yes. 

But, even though I love seeing him in purple, I know that it would be in our best interest to trade him away. 

As Bob Dylan once said "these times they are a-changin'," folks and us Vikings fans better hang on for the ride.