Jared Allen’s future with the Minnesota Vikings is in doubt, according to USA Today.
The 31-year-old defensive end has been a stalwart of the Minnesota defense since 2008 but his contract expires at the end of the season and with the Vikings looking unlikely to contend in the near future, Allen will explore his options.
Allen spoke to USA Today about his uncertain future: "To be real honest, I'm going to have to look at the situation of the team, if I continue to play, you want to try to win a championship at some point. Personal accolades can only go so far."
This speaks of a player desperate to finally win a Super Bowl, ideally it would be with Minnesota, but Allen is realistic, he has to be as he comes to the end of his illustrious career.
Allen remains very grateful to the Vikings and wants to come back and retire in Minnesota.
“"Wherever I go, when I retire, I'm going to call them and say, 'Hey, let me sign a one-day contract," Allen said. “Minnesota will always be in my heart. But I don't know what the future holds. We haven't talked about it. I'm trying not to think about it."
Even though Allen’s skills have declined to a degree, he is still a very effective pass rusher and will still be a sought out free agent if he does indeed decide to leave Minnesota.
Allen still believes he has “years in him”, he is right, he could provide an upgrade for many contenders next season.
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