Jared Allen is entering the final year of his contract and while sure he’d probably like a contract extension, he likes the way the situation is setting up.
That is because Allen is one of the few players that signs a big, long-term deal and then plays out the entire contract. He will earn $14.2 million this season and then enter free agency as a 31-year-old unless the Vikings do something first.
“Then everybody comes to the table at the same place,” Allen said, according to Dan Wiederer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “A lot of guys try to get more money before (their contract is up). Hey, I signed a contract for six years. They signed a contract for six years. It’s very, very rare when both sides honor that. A lot of guys get let go in the last year or restructure the last year. Or for example guys play one good year and they want to re-up.
“So, for me, this is the commitment I made. Let me honor that. They want to honor it. So that’s great for me. I have no beefs, quarrels, no nothing.”
Allen remains sidelined after offseason shoulder surgery and is expected to be fully cleared in plenty of time for training camp. He said he’s not going to let his contract status become a distraction.
“I have rules about how I go about (things),” Allen said. “When its football time, it’s football time. If I go out and I’m worried about negotiations back and forth, then I’m not focused on my job and I’m letting me teammates down. … Honestly that’s something that’s going to take place between my representative and them. It’s very open. We’re very transparent here. (GM) Rick Spielman and I, we’re all on the same page.”
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