To this point, the one-win Minnesota Vikings have not pursued any deals for Jared Allen, according to league sources, and have not really entertained the prospect internally, but given the team's woeful performance, Allen's huge salary and his impending free agency, exploratory calls will come before the deadline.

Allen would be a perfect fit for Dallas, for instance, or to fortify Denver's defense, but he is due about $8 million for the remainder of the season, and the Vikings would have to eat a substantial portion of that to move him given the Cowboys' cap situation and the Broncos' budgetary limitations. Allen, a fit really only for 4-3 teams, would have to be amenable to any trade, given some of the salary gymnastics that would likely be necessary, moving around some money, etc, and at this stage of his career and with free-agency impending, he'd likely be pretty selective about which contenders made sense for him.