Age and asking price are two elements that will inhibit Jared Allen and the Vikings from working together beyond this season.
But the Vikings defensive end said now is not the time to be stressing about contracts and a future beyond Sunday’s home game against Carolina.
“Honestly, I’m not even worried about that,” Allen said Thursday, a day after the team’s other starting defensive end, Brian Robison, signed a four-year, $28 million extension.
“I’m in a situation where I’ve been blessed to have been taken care of and the Lord’s been good to me. And that’s where I leave it. I leave it in the Lord’s hands. Where I’m going to be at is totally up to Him, and I’m receptive to go where He wants me.”
Allen is making $14.3 million in the final year of the six-year deal he signed after being acquired in a trade with Kansas City in 2008. He has exceeded high expectations, having never missed a game while notching 81 ½ sacks, four Pro Bowl nods, three first-team All-Pro selections, one league sack title and the franchise season record for sacks (22).
But Allen also will turn 32 in May. He said the two sides aren’t negotiating currently.
As for Robison’s deal, Allen said: “Good for him. I’m happy. I hope everybody in the league gets paid.
“Let’s be honest, this is a business and we are expendable. You just look at our team right now, guys are in and out. You look at the NFL, it’s a revolving door. So any time anybody can get paid and provide for their family for a long time, I’m happy for them. And Brian’s a good player and a friend of mine, a good teammate. So yeah, absolutely, I’m ecstatic for him. I wish he would have gotten more.”
Allen likes Freeman deal
Allen wasn’t shy about his feelings on the Vikings’ signing of former Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman on Monday.
“I appreciate aggressiveness, I really do,” he said. “I think whenever you have an opportunity to try to win, you do that. Obviously that’s at a key position and that shakes some things up. I’m glad I’m not in the position to have to deal with it.”
This time, Frazier
The Vikings have some difficult decisions to make at quarterback going forward this season. If you’re thinking it’s a group decision between General Manager Rick Spielman and the coaching staff as to who starts and plays, Frazier says you’d be wrong.
“That’s me and the coaching staff that makes that determination, who is No. 1, who is No. 2, who is No. 3, who is starting, who is not starting,” Frazier said. “That’s up to the coaching staff.”
Kicker Blair Walsh, who is 8-for-9 on field-goal attempts this season, left Thursday’s practice early after feeling a “little bit of a twinge” in his left hamstring while kicking off, Frazier said.
“We just shut him down,” Frazier said. “Precautionary. So we’ll see how he feels [Friday].
|Houston||5||Bottom 8th Inning|
|Philadelphia||4||Bottom 8th Inning|
|Minnesota||5||Bottom 8th Inning|
|Tampa Bay||6||Bottom 9th Inning|
|St. Louis||5||Bottom 8th Inning|
|Chicago Cubs||0||Bottom 4th Inning|
|Cincinnati||4||Bottom 3rd Inning|
|San Diego||3||Top 3rd Inning|
|San Francisco||2||Top 4th Inning|
|LA Angels||1||Bottom 3rd Inning|
|Chicago WSox||2||Bottom 3rd Inning|
|Cleveland||2||Top 3rd Inning|
|Texas||0||Bottom 3rd Inning|
|Arizona||0||Bottom 3rd Inning|
|LA Lakers||8:00 PM|
|NY Rangers||6:00 PM|
|New Jersey||6:30 PM|
|NY Islanders||8:00 PM|
|Radford||54||2nd Half 10:35|
|Illinois State||2||1st Half 14:13|
|Char Southern||5:00 PM|
|Kent State||6:00 PM|
|Western Mich||6:00 PM|
|Morehead State||6:30 PM|
|Utah Valley U|
|Southern Ill||8:35 PM|
|Eastern Ky||9:00 PM|
|(5) South Carolina||67|
|(14) NC State||79|
|(11) Penn State||82|
|Vermont||49||2nd Half 14:31|
|(23) Iowa||49||2nd Half 12:04|
|Florida||41||2nd Half 15:26|
|Saint Josephs||46||2nd Half 9:07|
|Canisius||32||2nd Half 11:18|
|Florida State||31||2nd Half 14:43|
|(2) Notre Dame||53|
|Jacksonville St||25||2nd Half|
|La Salle||4:00 PM|
|Georgia Tech||5:00 PM|
|(19) Michigan State|
|Kansas State||6:00 PM|
|(13) North Carolina||7:00 PM|
|(15) Texas A&M|
|San Francisco||8:00 PM|
|Air Force||8:00 PM|
|San Diego State||8:00 PM|
|Washington St||8:00 PM|
|Texas Tech||8:30 PM|
|San Jose St||9:00 PM|
|San Diego||10:00 PM|
|Aug 9 - vs. Houston||7 pm||X||27-13|
|Aug 16 - at Buffalo||6 pm||X||20-16|
|Aug 25 - at San Francisco||7 pm||X||34-14|
|Aug 29 - vs. Tennessee||7 pm||X||24-23|
|2013 regular season|
|Sep 8 - at Detroit||Noon||X||34-24|
|Sep 15 - at Chicago||Noon||X||31-30|
|Sep 22 - vs. Cleveland||Noon||X||31-27|
|Sep 29 - vs. Pittsburgh (in London)||Noon||X||34-27|
|Oct 6 - Bye|
|Oct 13 - vs. Carolina||Noon||X||35-10|
|Oct 21 - at. NY Giants||7:40 pm||X||23-7|
|Oct 27 - vs. Green Bay||7:30 pm||X||44-31|
|Nov 3 - at Dallas||Noon||X||27-23|
|Nov 7 - vs. Washington||7:25 pm||X||34-27|
|Nov 17 - at Seattle||3:25 pm||X||41-20|
|Nov. 24 - at Green Bay||Noon||26-26|
|Dec 1 - vs. Chicago||Noon||X||23-20|
|Dec 8 - at Baltimore||Noon||X||29-26|
|Dec 15 - vs. Philadelphia||Noon||X||48-30|
|Dec 22 - at Cincinnati||Noon||X||42-14|
|Dec 29 - vs. Detroit||Noon||X||14-13|
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