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Allen took trade talk as 'sign of respect, remains a Viking

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The Canadian Press
10/30/2013 4:54:25 PM
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - The NFL trade deadline has passed, and Jared Allen is still with the Minnesota Vikings.

High-profile players with huge contracts are rarely dealt in this league, so the likelihood of him switching teams was slim. Still, he'll be a free agent after the season. The Vikings are 1-6 and on track for another rebuilding project. Salary cap aside, there were sensible reasons for a trade.

But Allen said Wednesday he wasn't bothered by his name being bandied about. He said he took that as a "sign of respect" that he still has value, as a four-time first-team All-Pro defensive end. Allen has 4 1/2 sacks this season.

Jared Allen (Photo: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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