Allen agreed to a new long-term contract with Minnesota Monday afternon. The deal includes a signing bonus of $31 million . It took some time for the Vikings to come up with enough draft picks to satisfy the Chiefs, however. Late Tuesday night the teams were able to strike a deal that was satisfactory for both clubs.
The Vikings will send their first-round pick (#17) and both of their third-round picks (#73 & #82) and have agreed to swap their sixth round picks in Saturday's draft to the Chiefs in exchange for Allen.
According to our league source, the Chiefs were not going to send Allen to the Vikings for anything less than three picks in this year's draft. The Vikings countered by offering two picks before adding an additional choice Monday, but one of those was in 2009 (a second-rounder). With this year's draft deep at positions of need, Kansas City wanted all three picks in 2008.
Chiefs President Carl Peterson was unable to sign Allen to a long-term contract, but made sure that the NFL's leading sacker was dealt for a fair price.
Allen gets his wish to play for the Vikings and the long-term security he sought a year ago when contract negotiations with the Chiefs went south for good.
The decision to deal Allen wasn't easy for the Chiefs. Last week, head coach Herm Edwards said, "Sometimes you have to give up a good player to get more good players."
Edwards and Peterson also had to sell the idea to trade Allen to owner Clark Hunt. Per our source, Hunt was involved in the process and was convinced that the short-term loss of Allen could be overcome with the addition of three draft picks.
With this trade, the Chiefs are guaranteed five of the top 82 players in this year's class.
This also shifts the focus for the Chiefs in how they attack this weekend's NFL draft. With the fifth and 17th pick in the first round, Kansas City can now alter their game plan, perhaps focusing on Virginia defensive end Chris Long or Ohio State defensive end Vernon Gholston. Both could fill the void left behind with the departure of Allen.
Chiefs agree to trade Jared Allen to Vikings
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