Oct 27, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen (69) prior to a play during the third quarter against the Green Bay Packers at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Packers defeated the Vikings 44-31. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Denver Broncos Trade Deadline Watch: Jared Allen is Available


The NFL’s trade deadline is rapidly approaching, and the Denver Broncos haven’t made any indications that there are going to be any moves in Dove Valley this year.

That being said, the Broncos could very well be in the market for an upgrade, because why wouldn’t they be?

This roster is loaded but has still shown some signs of weakness this year, and one area where they are clearly not the same is the pass rush department. The Broncos aren’t doing poorly rushing the passer, as evidenced by their 16 hits on Robert Griffin III in the week eight win. However, with Von Miller easing back to form after his suspension and a potential Super Bowl in the balance, I think there’s no reason why the Broncos shouldn’t give a call to the Vikings about superstar pass rusher Jared Allen.

Allen is in the final year of his contract with the Vikings, and he’s getting paid $14 million this season. With seven games in the books for the Vikings, Allen is due just over $7 million the rest of the season, a figure which the Broncos would leave the Broncos very little wiggle room under the cap if a trade is indeed made.

What the Broncos would have to do is send the Vikings back either an expiring contract and a pick (holy basketball trade jargon) or potentially sweeten the pick in the deal and simply have the Vikings absorb some of Allen’s cap number.

Such a trade wouldn’t be overly difficult to come up with in theory, but these things are far easier said than done.

NFL reporter Jay Glazer reported on Sunday morning that the Vikings would require ‘at least’ a third round pick for Allen, and when I read that I was taken aback. Why would the Vikings be willing to trade Jared Allen for a third round pick?

Well, the fact of the matter is, a guy like Allen getting paid so much money and in the final year of a contract isn’t going to command a huge deal for a rental that could wind up being a maximum of 12 games for some team.

What would it take to get an Allen deal done? Well, for the Broncos it might not be as simple as 1, 2, 3, but I think they could get creative and make something happen.

Scenario One: Allen/Cap relief for a 2nd round pick

This would probably be the easiest way for the Broncos to consummate a trade. Giving up a second round pick seems like a steep price, but if Denver ended up winning a Super Bowl it wouldn’t matter to anyone in the least.

If the Vikings were willing to absorb half of Allen’s remaining contract, the Broncos would have to consider this deal. It would set the Broncos up to pay Allen less than $4 million this season, and it would give the Vikings an additional second round pick in next year’s draft.

Not a bad trade for both teams if you ask me.

Scenario Two: Allen for Tony Carter, 3rd round pick

I’m just spit-balling ideas here, but the Broncos are very deep at cornerback and Tony Carter has been a gameday inactive for a couple of games. The Vikings could use a boost in the secondary and Carter could probably get into their rotation pretty quickly.

Scenario Three: Allen for a 3rd round pick, Conditional 2015 pick

Obviously Allen is a free agent after this season, so the Broncos could give them what they are asking for in a third round pick and then if they have plans to bring him back after this year, offer a conditional 2015 pick based on whether or not he re-signs.

Just another idea to float out there.

Either way, if the Broncos make a trade for Allen, they are going to have to move someone on the roster. That shouldn’t be much of a problem but this seems pretty clear–the Vikings are willing to deal Allen to another team, he wants to be part of a contender, and the Broncos could find a spot for him in their rotation. If there’s one thing John Fox and Jack Del Rio love, it’s defensive backs and defensive linemen.

Make it happen, John Elway. Make it happen.

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  • disqus_57pX4h0tnv

    I heard mean Joe Green was available too…as was Jack Tatum..maybe a little long in the tooth but..ya never if your just spit ballin..

  • anon76returns

    The broncos have 4 Ints, 5 sacks, and 23 QB hits in the two games that Von’s been back, not to mention they only gave up 183 yards per game through the air to Washington and Indy, a huge improvement from their previous games. With Von taking double teams (and still able to apply pressure himself), the way is plenty open for Phillips, Ayers, Jackson, Wolfe, and even Mr. Knighton to get to the QB. I just don’t see the need to go after Jared Allen, especially when to do so would require sacrificing cap space, roster space, draft picks, and locker room chemistry.
    Better to save draft picks and cap room for when rookie contracts expire (and Peyton eventually retires). The Broncos are already good enough to win with the roster talent they have- no need to mortgage the future for something that is very much a luxury, not a necessity.

    • Yahmule

      How many sacks did they get against Flacco in the playoff game last year? Forget that, how much pressure? And that was with Elvis. You can never have too many pass rushers. Especially when you can get a four time first-team All Pro cheap. A third round pick is hardly worth trotting out the tired cliche about mortgaging the future and that pick will mean little if the Broncos let this window of opportunity slam shut on them.

      • anon76returns

        It’s not that that particular draft spot will mortgage the future, it’s the whole attitude of giving up cap space, roster slots, draft slots, and potentially a player, all in the service of something that is not a demonstrated need. And in this case, the solution to the non-existant problem might not even be around after 3 more months. The Broncos already have plenty of pass rushers, including Shaun Phillips who is outplaying Allen so far this year. There are a finite number of plays per game- adding Allen in means having to take someone else out.
        And 3rd round and above are not throwaway pieces of the draft. The Broncos have historically done very well in such positions.