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Jared Allen shares his thoughts on Vikings after costly offseason

Jared Allen, Vikings

Former Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen recently made a point to comment on the NFC North franchise’s potentially costly offseason thus far. Despite the fact that the 2020 NFL Draft has yet to officially come and go, the Vikings have already made a slew of noteworthy moves this offseason. It’s a slate that includes trading Pro Bowl wide receiver Stefon Diggs to the Buffalo Bills.

Even though the Vikings did receive quite the haul of future NFL Draft picks in return, moves of this nature will leave an immediate void in Minnesota.

“Unless you’re one of those special teams that can plug pieces in every year and stay ahead of the curve, you get a four- to six-year run and then you got to kind of retool,” Allen told the Star Tribune by phone last week. “It happened when I was there. We had a tremendous run and then we had guys who still had ability who got asked to take pay cuts or were allowed to move on.”

Although the Vikings are technically in the midst of a slight rebuild, the team still has several pieces in place to compete. Veteran quarterback Kirk Cousins and running back Dalvin Cook will return. The team also still employs prolific wide receiver Adam Thielen. Not only that, but the Vikings still possess one of the most fearsome all-around defenses in the entire NFL as it stands today.

Because of the team’s offseason to date, the 2020 NFL Draft should be very interesting for Minnesota.