It appears Allen will play out the final year of his contract with Minnesota, as no team was able to meet the reported high cost to acquire his services. Fox Sports' Jay Glazer confirmed on Twitter:
No player is safe on a 1-6 team, which has led to trade rumors surrounding Jared Allen of the Minnesota Vikings.
Jay Glazer of Fox Sports reported that a trade for the defensive end has been considered:
Vikings would be willing to trade Jared Allen for the right price. Makes sense as he's free agent after the year, they've discussed it some.
Any contender wanting to trade for Allen will need to give more than a 3 as that's what they could get as compensation if he leaves via FA.
Allen has been one of the most consistent pass-rushers in the NFL throughout his career. He currently leads the Vikings with 4.5 sacks, which puts him on pace to reach double digits for the seventh year in a row.
Any defense looking for an upgrade along the defensive line would love to get a player who has accumulated 121.5 sacks in his career.
However, Allen was quite defensive when asked about a potential deal, via Tom Yotter of VikingUpdate.com:
Honestly, I’m not even going to address it. I’m not going to speculate on something that I haven’t had a conversation about and I’m not going to speculate on something that hasn’t happened. I cross all bridges when I get to them and right now I’m trying figure out a way to make this defense better.
Ian Rapoport of NFL.com confirmed on Tuesday, Oct. 29, that Allen would not be moved, "Trade deadline fodder: Players who won't be traded include Larry Fitzgerald and Tony Gonzalez. Vikes have no plans to trade Jared Allen."
ESPN's Adam Schefter later reported the Seahawks were interested in Allen, "Seattle making 11th-hour push to trade for Vikings Pro-Bowl DE Jared Allen, per multiple sources. Vikings also talking to second team."
However, Jay Glazer of Fox Sports is disputing that Seattle is one of the teams in on Allen as the deadline approaches.
Chris Mortensen of ESPN is reporting that the Vikings are looking for a second round pick for Allen, but would consider a conditional third round selection as well.
Tom Pelissero of USA Today is also reporting that Allen is willing to re-do his contract for the right situation.
Still, the veteran is certain to get a number of looks before the deadline passes.