Report: Minnesota Vikings CB Asher Allen Retires; What It Means for 2012

Nick McAndrews@@NickMcAndrewsCorrespondent IIIMay 30, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - OCTOBER 09: Asher Allen #21 of the Minnesota Vikings celebrates an interception against the Arizona Cardinals in the first quarter on October 9, 2011 at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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According to multiple sources, Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier announced Wednesday at the team's OTAs that CB Asher Allen has announced his retirement from professional football. 

Wow, Leslie Frazier says Asher Allen has retired. Allen didn't tie decision to health. Frazier said he was very surprised.

— Pioneer Press (@VikingsNow) May 30, 2012

The retirement obviously comes pretty unexpectedly, as Allen is only 24 years old and was drafted in 2009. 

Allen has never been a star player for the Vikings (and that is quite an understatement), but he has been a somewhat reliable backup. Losing Allen is a decent hit for this rebuilding secondary. 

Moving forward, Allen's retirement means that some young players are going to have to step up for the fourth CB spot on the roster. 

It's safe to say that you can pencil in Chris Cook and Antoine Winfield as the day one starters, and then add rookie Josh Robinson in nickel situations opposite Cook on the outside, kicking Winfield into the nickel. Beyond those three, the remaining two, or possibly three corner spots on the roster, are up for grabs. 

Other candidates include Brandon Burton, Chris Carr (who is coming off an injury), Zachary Bowman, Marcus Scherels and rookie Robert Blanton, who will probably end up moving to safety. 

A dark horse to make the roster is undrafted rookie Bobby Felder from Nicholls State. Based on impressions at OTAs, Felder has impressed some of the coaches, and Minnesota Vikings FC Mike Nelson believes he has a shot at making the 53-man roster.

Regardless of which six of these guys end up making the roster, with Allen's retirement, some young guys need to step up and make the Vikings deeper at corner for 2012. 


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