Asher Allen surprises Vikings by retiring

From the looks of things, the Minnesota Vikings gave Asher Allen some time to think about his decision.

He didn’t change his mind.

Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said Allen walked into his office last Thursday and told him he had decided to retire. Today, news of the decision finally broke as the club listed him on the reserve/retired list.

“Surprised,” Frazier said today, according to Jeremy Fowler of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “I didn't see that coming. But everybody has to make decisions that are the best for their family.

“He explained to me this is something he wanted to do and had given it a lot of thought. He came in my office last Thursday, talked about it and informed me of what he wanted to do.”

The Vikings selected Allen in the third round of the 2009 draft from Georgia. He was entering the final year of his contract, that included a $725,000 signing bonus. If the Vikings wanted to, they could pursue one-quarter of that bonus.

Allen missed the Washington game in Week 16 last season with a concussion. It’s unknown if that had anything to do with his decision, however.

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