by Aaron Wilson
October 28, 02013
Minnesota Vikings star pass rusher Jared Allen says trade speculation surrounding him is news to him.
The Vikings are apparently willing to listen to offers for Allen, according to FOX Sports. However, the compensation would be fairly steep.
Allen is scheduled to become a free agent after this season. He has a $14.28 million base salary and a $17.06 million salary-cap figure.
“Honestly, I’m not even going to address it, I’m not going to speculate on something that I haven’t had a conversation about and I’m not going to speculate on something that hasn’t happened,” Allen said via VikingUpdate.com. “I cross all bridges when I get to them and right now I’m trying figure out a way to make this defense better.”
Allen expressed his frustration after a loss to the Green Bay Packers.
“You know what? It’s not even something I’ve got to worry about right now," Allen said. "I got no control over that stuff. It is what it is. I understand the league. I understand how it works. I’m not an idiot. But my goal is to play football. My goal is to go out and play and win. I go out every Sunday and I just give it everything I’ve got.
"Sometimes it’s spectacular, sometimes you get double-teamed and sometimes you just can’t get there on time. And then sometimes you lose. But losing in this kind of fashion, I don’t know how to explain it. It’s embarrassing, flat out embarrassing. I don’t think I’ve been part of a game where the team didn’t have to punt. It’s ridiculous. I’m embarrassed to have to keep saying it. What else can I say? I try to be as honest as I can with you guys.
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.