Update: Allen to leave Minnesota on Sunday

The Minnesota Vikings have talked trade with Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Jared Allen all weekend. Have those talks stalled? Could Allen be on his way to Tampa for his scheduled meeting with the Buccaneers? Check out the rumors flying around inside.

Kansas City defensive end Jared Allen, will reportedly leave the Minnesota Vikings' training facility on Sunday as the two parties continue to talk trade, according to Vikingupdate.com.

The NFL does has a 48-hour limit on meetings like this, and while it's believed the two parties — along with the Chiefs — are talking trade, it appears that Allen will leave Minnesota without a deal and increases the possibility that he'll make his scheduled meeting with the Bucs early this week.

Vikingupdate.com's Tim Yotter reported to Bucsblitz.com on Saturday that the Vikings were believed to have offered a first- and third-round pick, but the Chiefs may have been seeking more.

Vikings owner Zygi Wilf told the Star-Tribune that those hoping a deal would get done fast are jumping the gun.

"It's a multi-front type of [deal]," Wilf told the S-T. "You have to deal with Kansas City, you have to deal with Jared. It's a whole aspect, and you have to weigh that with what's best for the club. That's ultimately what's most important. What would be the best for this club and how we can get to the next level?"

Tampa Bay is considered the other frontrunner for Allen. Allen's ability would inject life into a pass rush that improved in 2007, but still only reached the quarterback 32 times.

The team's two leading sackers — Greg White (8) and Gaines Adams (6) — are back, but both are entering their second full years in the NFL.

The Bucs are supposed to host Allen sometime next week at their facility, but it's believed Allen will go back to Kansas City before going to Tampa Bay. The Buccaneers have said nothing publicly about the situation.

The Chiefs, according to the Kansas City Star, spent part of Friday trying to defend the recent development. Chiefs president and general manager Carl Peterson — who for months has told media and fans alike that Allen would remain a chief — backtracked from that assertion.

"He will be a Chief if we want him to be a Chief," Peterson said.

Chiefs head coach Herm Edwards seemed as if he didn't want to talk about the matter, but when on to say that the Chiefs are looking down the road.

"We're looking at it, going: OK, what's best for the team in the long run?" Edwards said. "If that takes place, what you're really doing is trying to acquire more players.


Matthew Postins covers the Buccaneers for BucsBlitz.com and the Charlotte Sun-Herald in Port Charlotte, Fla. An award-winning member of the Pro Football Writers Association, he appears frequently on Scot Brantley Show from 3-6 p.m. weekdays on WHBO 1470-AM in Tampa-Clearwater.


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