Twitter was so excited about the prospect of a Jared Allen trade that we almost couldn't stand it. In case you had something better to do -- and we hope you did and left the following to Upload -- here's a sampling of what went up, down and around in cyberspace.
Vikings are certainly open to fielding offers today for Jared Allen. Have had a few talks w teams but nothing substantial yet— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) October 29, 2013
Seattle making 11th-hour push to trade for Vikings Pro-Bowl DE Jared Allen, per multiple sources. Vikings also talking to second team.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 29, 2013
Seahawks want to trade for Jared Allen http://t.co/N99bYsIgAf— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) October 29, 2013
As noted in the past Jared Allen's $ and cap # make trade difficult but he'd be willing to work with MIN if the fit is right ...— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) October 29, 2013
Jared Allen have heart like Iron Sheik. He ready for main event bubba we see happens— The Iron Sheik (@the_ironsheik) October 29, 2013
Seahawks reportedly looking to trade for Vikings Pro-Bowl DE Jared Allen http://t.co/Ryz0IZXLwL— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) October 29, 2013
Contrary to what is out there Seattle is NOT one of the teams in it for Jared Allen. Two others but Seattle is not talking to Vikes for him— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) October 29, 2013
Vikings have signed DE Justin Trattou. Are they filling Jared Allen's spot on the depth chart before trading him?— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) October 29, 2013
Seahawks not expected to trade for Vikings DE Jared Allen now. One source said the Seahawks have decided to not actively pursue him.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 29, 2013
Seahawks have now decided NOT to actively pursue a trade for Vikings DE Jared Allen. (via @AdamSchefter)— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 29, 2013
Being told Los Angeles Dodgers most likely team to pull trigger on Jared Allen trade. Willing to absorb $7.5 million salary.— Patrick Daugherty (@RotoPat) October 29, 2013
Broncos not in on Vikings DE Jared Allen. Options diminishing.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 29, 2013
Vikings running out of potential teams to "come take Jared Allen, please..."— Andrew Brandt (@adbrandt) October 29, 2013
Jared Allen trade talks are now dead. Last of teams they were talking to are out.— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) October 29, 2013
As expected, #Vikings didn’t trade Jared Allen. Salary, lack of interest, few suitors with cap space — all played a part.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 29, 2013
Strong rumours of a Jared Allen trade today from the Minnesota vikings - at least I didn't fork out £70 for a Jared Allen Jersey 3 weeks ago— Andrew McNeill (@macca7760) October 29, 2013
New Vikings wide receiver Greg Jennings took out a full-page ad in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel newspaper Wednesday to thank fans for supporting him during his seven years with the Green Bay Packers.
He wrote: "Although the business side of this great game has brought about change, my family and I will be forever indebted to the Packers organization and fans for giving us the opportunity to be part of an amazing culture."
Former Vikings center and Cretin-Derham Hall graduate Matt Birk announced his retirement Friday morning during an appearance at a school near Baltimore.
"I have absolutely nothing to complain about and a lot to be grateful for," Birk said.
The Baltimore Sun reported: "His retirement was hardly a surprise as the Harvard graduate had pledged to go year-to-year with his decision on whether to return. In the final weeks of the season, he acknowledged that his mind was pretty much made up, but unlike his teammate Ray Lewis, he was going to wait until after the year to make it official."
Birk, 36, played for the Vikings from 1998-2008 before leaving to sign with the Baltimore Ravens. The Harvard alum will be walking away from the final two seasons on a three-year contract.
You can read the full report here.
There's been talk about Packers veteran wide receiver Donald Driver being a target for the Vikings in the off-season. But you can cross him off the wish list after Driver announced his retirement Thursday morning on ESPN's Mike and Mike in the Morning Show.
"There are other things out there," said Driver, who saw his playing time reduced significantly this season. He caught only eight passes for 77 yards this season, his 14th in the NFL.
Driver didn't disclose many details, saying he's planning a public event in Green Bay for next week to talk more about his decision.
One thing he did say: He won't be doing a Brett Favre.
"I'm not coming back," Driver said. "The thing is, you know, you just don't want to jump back and forth."
A Green Bay TV report over the weekend mentioned the Vikings' interest in Driver.
Driver's career statistics are here.
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