...8. The Vikings did not get ripped off in their Jared Allen trade with the Chiefs. Allen joining the Williams Wall could signal the return of the Purple People Eaters.
The early reviews suggest the Vikings surrendered too much Ã¢â‚¬â€ a first, two third-round picks and a $74 million contract Ã¢â‚¬â€ in exchange for Allen. I say the compensation is fair.
Allen established himself as the best defensive end in football while playing with a collection of average defensive linemen in Kansas City. He's never played alongside a dominant or even good defensive tackle. In Pro Bowlers Pat and Kevin Williams, Allen will be paired with the best DT combo in the league. Allen might collect a few garbage sacks just from having a strong push up the middle.
Allen also played on K.C. teams with weak corners Ã¢â‚¬â€ meaning he rarely got "coverage sacks."
Allen recorded 15.5 sacks in 2007 despite being suspended for the first two games. Going to Minnesota, I'm sure Allen's goal will be 20 sacks this season. He might get it. If he does, no one will think the Vikings paid too much to get him...