Minnesota Vikings to Acquire DE Jared Allen?

Okay. . .quick disclaimer before I do this here. . .

I have no link to this.  It's coming from something that was said by Michael Smith on ESPN's NFL Live.  I'm checking on ESPN's site for some sort of link to said video, but I've yet to find it, and NFL Live isn't re-running on ESPN television until the wee hours of the morning.

So, again, we could call this an REO Speedwagon rumor. . .as in "heard it from a friend who heard it from a friend who. . ."

(Yeah, REO Speedwagon. . .I went there.)

Anyway, Michael Smith has said on NFL Live that Jared Allen to the Vikings is "virtually a done deal."  It's said that the deal will be for Minnesota's first rounder this year (#17 overall) and the third round pick they've received from the Denver Broncos (#73 overall) in exchange for Allen, who would sign a long-term extension.  The Vikings originally offered #17 this year and their second rounder in 2009, but it appears that the Chiefs want picks THIS season.

Now, I don't want to jinx anything here. . .but so help me, if this goes through. . .


NOW WE ARE SO HAPPY, WE DO THE DANCE OF JOY!  DA DA DA DA, DA DA DA DA! (Picture courtesy of TVGuide.com)

Jared Allen led the NFL last season with 16 sacks.  He did this in 14 games, having served a two-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy.  He also did this lined up along side of two guys in the middle named Ron Edwards and Alfonso Boone.  You might remember Boone from his time in Chicago. . .then again, nobody would be surprised if you didn't.

Jared Allen on the fast track in Minnesota lined up next to the Irresistable Force and the Immovable Object for 16 games?  Ummmmmm. . .yes, please!  After all, we got to see first-hand what Jared Allen is capable of last year.  In the first game back from his suspension, Allen had 8 tackles, 2 sacks, a forced fumble, and basically spent his entire afternoon abusing Bryant McKinnie in Kansas City's 13-10 victory at Arrowhead Stadium.

I will be freaking ecstatic if this deal happens.  Somewhere, Aaron Rodgers is curled up in the fetal position, sucking his thumb.  I can't imagine what he'll look like after this trade happens.

More on this tomorrow when I have more time to digest it.  Enjoy the rest of your Thursday, ladies and gentlemen.

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