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
Vikings defensive end Jared Allen was a sack machine last season, but he also feels under gun himself. Asked Wednesday on ESPN's "Pardon the Interruption" show whether the NFL favors offensive players and ignores defensive players when it comes to dangerous hits, Allen quickly answered, "Oh, absolutely."
Tony Kornheiser raised the question, following up on the season-ending knee injury to Houston linebacker Brian Cushing and a tweet made by Green Bay's Clay Matthews that the league needs to protect players on both sides of the ball.
"When we talk about overall player safety, I think, you know, from a defensive side of the ball, we definitely feel like it's not necessarily geared towards us," Allen said. "It's more stuff we can't do to them than they can't do to us."
Allen referenced a fine levied against him in November 2008 for a hit on Houston quarterback Matt Schaub against a hit he took a month later against the Lions. "From my own experiences, I got fined $75,000 or something like that for hitting Schaub for what they said was low and he had the ball trying to get to him a few years back. I get knifed in the knee by a dude in Detroit, and they don't do anything."
Allen also was realistic: "Everybody gets treated fairly, but not everybody gets treated the same." Later he added, talking about NFL officials, "Obviously they got the overall image of the Shield that they're trying to create or make better, so I'm for it."
Allen also talked to Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon about how the league has changed since he started playing, not to mention the team's surprising 4-1 start as well as the focus, preparation and coaching required of the young team.
And he also talked about a desire to beat the Bears in Chicago for the first time: "I want nothing more than to crush the Bears and especially in Chicago. I'm going to do everything I can do. ... When we see them, it's game on."
Here's a link to the "PTI" audio via podcast. Allen comes in about 8:50 into the audio. We'll post video if it becomes available.
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