Riddick cites Allen’s “diminishing get-off quickness, an inability to win on the edge against quality competition without benefiting from the QB holding the ball too long, marginal stamina as an every-down end and an average point-of-attack run defender that does not play with a consistent level of competitiveness“ as the main reasons why he would approach a him with “extreme caution.”
Allen, 32 in April, has been an extremely productive player during his time in Minnesota, and although his 2013 season wasn’t as good as years past, he still manged to record 11.5 sacks, 52 tackles and two forced fumbles.
But as Riddick mentions, contracts are about future production and not as much about what you’ve been able to do in the past. This will likely factor into the type of offers Allen will find on the market.
One speculative option that has been circulating around is the Buccaneers who have an obvious need at defensive end and recently hired Allen’s former head coach and defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier a few weeks ago.
We have Allen currently listed as the No. 38 player in our Top 50 Free Agents list.