Dec 15, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen (69) against the Philadelphia Eagles at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Vikings defeated the Eagles 48-30. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Jared Allen Likely to Hit Free Agency

Former Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Jared Allen is expected to be a free agent once the franchise tag passes, according to Ben Goessling of ESPN. While it isn’t official, Goessling explain the math just doesn’t work for the Minnesota Vikings.

By using the franchise tag on Allen, the Vikings could get themselves one more year with Allen, keeping their defensive line together and giving new coach Mike Zimmer another proven pass rusher. However, the guess here is they won’t.

… if the Vikings gave that kind of a deal to Allen, they’d give back almost half of the cap space they’re likely to have available come March. That kind of a deal could make it difficult for them to re-sign 26-year-old defensive end Everson Griffen, who seems more likely to get a new deal from the Vikings than Allen does, and it would mean the Vikings would have more than $16 million wrapped up in two thirty-something defensive ends (Allen and Brian Robison) when they have numerous other issues to address on defense and, at least at the moment, a hole at the quarterback position.

It is interesting on some level that Allen would hit free agency at the same time Brandon Albert. Kansas City used two of the four picks they acquired in the Minnesota trade to select Albert and Jamaal Charles. So the trade has worked out pretty decently for the Chiefs, though Kansas City has not had much of a defensive line pass rush presence since he left.

Allen would be an interesting addition for the Chiefs should they be able to convince him to return to Kansas City. There is no current connection between Allen and the Chiefs, though there is some thought he could end up back in the AFC West.

As with anything the Chiefs do this off-season, they are going to need to do some maneuvering to add cap space. Should they be able to do that then Allen, now 31-years-old, could provide some of the pass rush the Chiefs are looking for on the defensive line.

One issue outside of money is Allen isn’t your prototypical 3-4 defensive end. How he would fit in the defense would be a major question should the Chiefs go after him. If the Chiefs think they can find a way to have him play defensive end and occasionally lineup as an outside linebacker then there might be a way to make it work. The Chiefs don’t always lineup in the 3-4, so Allen could work in some of the sub-packages as well. But if the Chiefs cannot find a way to get him on the field at least 75% of the time, it may not be worth spending the money it would take to sign him.

At worst, Allen being a free agent is one more pass rusher on the market to help drive down the cost of free agents. Anything to flood the market helps Kansas City at this stage.

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  • Chase Gibson

    Man this would be awesome if Jarred Allen came back to KC! We would welcome him back with open arms. I just don’t see how they would be able to afford him. It would be pretty sweet having Jarred Allen, Tamba Hali, Dontari Poe and Justin Houston all coming after Manning next year!

    • Jacob Monteer

      Man, Chase I can’t tell you how much I feel the same way. He was born and bred in house, and was the lonely light of a dark era. Him coming home, just seems fitting. Even more fitting than the reasons it wouldn’t make sense. I really just want him to rope a calve after he sacks manning!

      • Chase Gibson

        Yes that would be insane seeing him rope Manning and Rivers! If they can restructure some guys Dorsey is smart enough to bring him home! Can you imagine the Tamba hawk, Houston arms crossed bounce and the rope slinger Allen having a hay day! Get it done Dorsey! Remember Jarred also catches touchdowns.

        • Jacob Monteer

          I want to have your babies!

  • Patrick Allen

    The Chiefs need to get themselves a 3-4 OLB in the draft to replace Hali. Their depth at that position is not good and Tamba isn’t getting any younger.

    • Ben Nielsen

      Agreed. I’d expect one of the mid-round picks to go that direction.

      • berttheclock

        Well and good, but, I believe we need more speed at ILB, as well and that should come from the middle rounds. Nico Johnson is not going to cut it there unless he has Mayo Clinic install Jet Packs on him.

    • Spencer

      i’d rather get rid of Flowers 1st…nearly just as big of a contract hit…is even worse then Hali especially when looking at defensive scheme…Flowers is a cover 2 cb,not a bump n run cb that needs size and speed…neither of which Flowers has…hope to get a 2nd rounder off him (he’s still just 28 and is still a good cover 2 cb)….replaces the pick we lost to the 49ers. Could try and trade up with our 1st and newly found 2nd round pick and get a Dee Ford…which then makes a Tamba Hali expendable real quick (wouldn’t do it this year if we late till the draft to do so however…the market for him will be relatively small)…Flowers only fits as a slot cb for this team…and no slot cb deserves 10 mil +

    • Stacy D. Smith

      I tend to agree. It’s time to add some young talent at the position.

  • berttheclock

    Geez, do you really want someone else to sell their home in Los Gatos, CA and move to KC? Alex Smith has his on the market. What would become of “famous athletes living in Los Gatos”? Just Trent Edwards and Joe Kapp? Of course, having a “Big Cat” with the Chiefs and throwing terror into such as Peyton would be rather nice.

  • Chris Tarrants

    I loved watching him as a chief back in the day, but lets face it he is no spring chicken . He might have one or two years of good ball left and I would bet that he has already lost a step compared to when he was here the first time

  • Vegas99

    If I’m Allen and made all the money I ever dreamed I could, I would sign with one of the 2 or 3 teams that are odds-on Super Bowl contenders…

  • Stacy D. Smith

    It’s not going to happen, but it would be awesome.

  • Michael Shaw

    I wish it would work, but I don’t see it happening, unless he thinks we are close to going to the SB.