Jared Allen is one of many NFL players currently assessing their options in free agency.
As stars up and down the league go in search of their next big contract it is a time of year that can leave players wondering where they will be playing football next year.
But, according to NFL Insider Ian Rapoport, while Allen too is looking for a big deal, the player is also content to finish his career now should the right offer not materialize:
"Jared Allen wants his fair value after averaging 13 sacks. I'm told he'd be at peace living his life without football if he doesn't get it," Rapoport Tweeted today.
Pass rushers are in high demand this offseason but Allen has already seen compatriots Michael Johnson and Lamarr Houston fill voids that the 10-year veteran would have been happy to occupy.
Aged 31, it could well be that Allen is contemplating retirement, especially if he feels that he is being undervalued, but he remains one of the league's best in his position so to call it a day may seem premature.
Rumors circulating at present are linking the five-time Pro Bowler to the Bears and Super Bowl champions the Seattle Seahawks so Allen may have to put thoughts of life after football on hold just now.
Allen finished with 52 tackles and two forced fumbles for the Minnesota Vikings last season.
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