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Jared Allen signs one-day contract to retire with Vikings

By Andrew Krammer

MINNEAPOLIS — Now there’s another strong exit.

After his social media-announced retirement — on horseback — Jared Allen signed a one-day contract to officially retire as a member of the Minnesota Vikings on Friday. Allen, 34, spent six of his most disruptive seasons with the Vikings, compiling 85.5 sacks to vault him up the all-time rankings. Following his departure after the 2013 season, Allen spent two years between Chicago and Carolina. He announced the end to his 12-year career after his first Super Bowl appearance with the Panthers in February.

“And just like that, I’m back,” Allen said in a video for the Vikings’ website. “For a day.”

Allen was a fan favorite in Minnesota since he was acquired in a 2008 trade with the Kansas City Chiefs, where he spent his first four seasons. The trademark mullet and calf-roping celebration after each sack were mainstays in the Vikings’ public image for six years. The sides parted on good terms, with Allen seeing every cent of a lucrative contract. And he gets one last goodbye deal before riding off into the sunset.

General manager Rick Spielman recently called Allen “one of the best players” to wear a Vikings uniform.

“He’s a very unique individual, very fortunate to have him part of the Minnesota Vikings,” Spielman said. “He was a great player for us. He will always be a Minnesota Viking. I think he’s one of the best players that ever played here with the Vikings. Excited for his retirement, so we don’t have to play him. He was a great influence and a great player for us with his tenure here.”

Allen’s 22 sacks for the Vikings during the 2011 season rank as second all-time for a single season.

The post Jared Allen signs one-day contract to retire with Vikings appeared first on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.

Source:: 1500 ESPN Sportswire

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