It appears that the Chiefs may very well be looking to move Pro Bowl defensive end Jared Allen to the Vikings or the Buccaneers. Yesterday Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer spoke out that the Chiefs were going to move Allen before the draft in just over a week, and that the Bucs and Vikings were the front runner to get his services. Allen even spoke to Glazer on the issue, and confirmed it was the right move to make. “It’s a situation that works out best for both sides,” Allen told Glazer. “I can go to a team that is competing for a championship right now. The Chiefs can get valuable draft picks to rebuild with.”
Today the Chiefs had their say in the matter, and did something that most teams don’t do, which is confirm that they indeed are looking at options when it comes to Allen’s future in red. “We will confirm that we have been in conversation with a few teams regarding the possibility of acquiring Jared Allen’s contractual rights,” team president and G.M. Carl Peterson said. “Any potential agreement would be contingent on the Chiefs receiving appropriate compensation and Jared’s representative reaching a contract agreement.
“Jared is not an exclusive franchise player. Therefore, based on the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, he has the right to visit and negotiate with other teams. However, for any trade to be completed, the Chiefs would need to reach an agreement on compensation. At this point, all of these discussions are preliminary.”
While the discussions may not be hot and heavy right now, if the Chiefs want to make the move before the draft, expect talks to heat up to a fever pitch this next week, as they would want to pound out a deal before next Saturday’s draft.