Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports expects the Vikings to hold “exploratory talks” about possibly trading DE Jared Allen before Tuesday’s deadline.
The team has yet to field in any offers for Allen, but some GMs around the league believe the Vikings would be foolish to not make some calls around the league to gauge interest in Allen.
La Canfora believes the Broncos and Cowboys could be two teams to watch if Minnesota does in fact shop Allen around the league. Both team play 4-3 base defense, which is an ideal fit for Allen and they are also chasing playoff bids as well.
The problem with this idea is Allen’s currently salary and possible cap restrictions, especially with the Cowboys who currently have a terrible cap situation.
According to La Canfora, the Viking would likely have to eat a large portion of Allen’s salary to make this deal work.
On top of that, you have to wonder what teams would be willing to part with in terms of draft compensation for a veteran defensive end.
Allen, 31, will be an unrestricted free agent after this season. It’s hard to imagine that Allen would re-sign with Minnesota given the current state of franchise. By trading him, they would at least ensure some amount of compensation for their star defensive end, but they could also receive a compensatory pick if they allowed him to depart during free agency.
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