Jared Allen thankful for trade years later

There is no love lost between Carl Peterson and Jared Allen, but Allen actually thanked the former Chiefs general manager on Thursday because the defensive end thinks he's in a better place. Even so, Allen is looking forward to his return to the sights and smells of Arrowhead Stadium.

There has been a lot of buzz in the days leading up to Sunday's game as being the homecoming of Jared Allen back to the team he began his NFL career with and the team he thought he would play the remainder of his career with. Allen is looking forward to his return to Kansas City, but not for reasons of revenge.

Allen had a public falling out with then-general manager Carl Peterson that led to things spiraling downward quickly and resulting in his being traded to the Vikings in April 2008. Allen said he relishes the chance to play in front of the many friends he made in his four years as a Chief, but there isn't any animosity remaining because so many of the principals involved in it at the time have since moved on.

"It's a chance we can get a victory and, in my mind, we need that worse than bad," Allen said, "The organization has completely changed. Carl is gone and I think [center Casey] Wiegmann and [punter Dustin] Colquitt are the only two people I still know over there. It's a completely different team and a different organization, but it's going to be fun to go back and play in Kansas City."

While Allen said he doesn't maintain in contact with many of his former teammates and especially not Peterson – "you ever know a breakup to be good?" he asked rhetorically. But, with the benefit of 20/20 hindsight, he said the falling out in Kansas City and his arrival to Minnesota was the best thing that could have happened to him – both personally and professionally.

"Honestly, I should probably thank him," Allen said. "He did me something awesome by not signing me back when we tried to do an extension. I'm with a great organization now. The Wilfs are phenomenal. The contract I was going to sign, this was 10 times what that was going to be. Thanks, Carl. Things work out for a reason and I'm just truly blessed to be in Minnesota. Honestly, it could not be a better fit for me and my family."

Allen is looking forward to experiencing the sights and smells of Arrowhead Stadium. He doesn't miss much about the organization, but catching a whiff of award-winning ribs being grilled up in the parking lot hours before and after game time is a sense memory that is still vivid in his mind and something he plans to take a minute to soak in when the Vikings team bus arrives at the stadium.

"One thing that we lack in Minneapolis is the tailgating," Allen said. "When you pull into Arrowhead, it almost nostalgic the smell you get. You roll your windows down and you can smell the barbeque from a mile away. The smell, the coals burning, it just gives you chills that this is football. This is game time."

Allen said he isn't sure how fans will react to him. A fourth-round draft pick who came to the team without lofty expectations, he quickly became one of Kansas City's most popular players. But that was when he was wearing the red and gold, not the purple and gold. He said he doesn't quite know what to expect when his name gets announced.

"I hope they don't boo me," Allen said. "I put in some good work there. I'll probably get some boos. They're good fans. You're supposed to boo the opposing team. I just hope I don't get hit in the face with a slice of pizza."

Allen said he has been fortunate to play with two organizations that have such passionate fans. It's almost against the law not to wear red in the stands at Chiefs home games and he said Vikings fans are just as raucous. All the Vikings need, Allen said, is a new stadium – not just for the team, but for the fans who come to cheer them on.

"We need a stadium," Allen said. "The Metrodome is bad. They have maybe four showers with hot water there. Minnesota has such great fans and they continue to come to the Dome. Toward the end of that game last week, you couldn't hear. It was awesome. We were watching film and the camera is shaking. Those are passionate fans. They deserve a new stadium more than anything."

In the end, Allen's trip to Arrowhead Stadium will be much less about nostalgia and much more about being just another day at the office. He hasn't looked back since being traded and has no regrets about pulling up stakes and relocating to Minnesota. As he sees it, it all worked out for the best.

"I honestly believe that things happen for a reason," Allen said. "The good Lord put me at the right place at the right time to get traded here and it's been nothing but a blessing for me. In hindsight, thanks Carl. Looking back, he did me a favor. The way it went down, my feelings were hurt. I invested a lot into that organization and it was a place I thought I would retire. Obviously it didn't work out. Business is business. At the end of the day, you move on."


John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this story on our subscriber message board.



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