All three of those teams made immediate moves to address their problems at defensive end. As a result, Allen's camp has hinted he will walk away from the game if he doesn't get a contract to his liking.
We're not sold on that sentiment.
One of the good things about following the Vikings for more than a decade is that you get to see the level to which football runs a player's life.
Allen will be on a short list for fat stacks to be an analyst at one of the numerous NFL programming efforts and his transition would be seamless and rapid. He could replace any analyst on CBS, FOX or NBC in a second.
The problem is Jared Allen is so "old school" he just calls it "school." He arrived in the NFL about 30 years too late. He would have been a Purple People Eater when the eating was good.
There was a reason Brett Favre played with the Jets and the Vikings – because he could. He was good enough to extend his career beyond the years of many before him.
The only way Jared doesn't play in 2014 is if he decides to ride a bull at a local Arizona rodeo on a whim and tears an ACL when he's thrown – ironically 6.9 seconds in.
The national media is deep in the discussion of whether Allen will walk away from the game if he doesn't get a contract offer he thinks he deserves.
That won't happen. He may wait it out until the need is greater, but someone has to coming calling for his pass-rushing services. He will get paid deep into seven figures.
Old school player, meet new school economics.
Allen plays in 2014. That may become official before the week is out.
John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.