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Jared Allen is playing for his next contract and needs to end with a bang.
Just like for the organization as a whole, it's been a forgettable season for Jared Allen.
The five-time Pro Bowl defensive end is on pace for roughly 10 sacks and 50 tackles this season. The sacks would be his fewest since joining the Vikings in 2008 and the tackles would be his second fewest since 2008.
Allen, 31 years old, is seeking a new contract this offseason and is half a sack away from tying Derrick Thomas for 13th all time on the career sacks list.
The Vikings appear to have made their decision about the future of the position. They re-signed Brian Robison mid-season and have reportedly offered Everson Griffen an extension that was rejected earlier this fall.
Allen, reportedly, hasn't been offered any contract extension at all.
If that, combined with regressive play, doesn't say it, I will. The Vikings don't plan to bring Allen back.
At this point, he's playing to showcase his skills to a new employer. And that employer won't be paying him for sentimental reasons or services past rendered.
The new employer will want the 14-sack Allen. Not the 10-sack one of 2013. Allen needs a strong finish to 2013 to ensure he doesn't have to take a pay cut.