With so much focus on the draft in recent weeks, some of the current Vikings have kind of fallen through the cracks of media attention. One of those players is Jared Allen, who is recovering from shoulder surgery and entering the final year of his contract.

Allen spoke this week with Sirius XM Radio and said that he is gearing up for the 2013 season because, for the first time in a long time, his ailing shoulder is feeling better.

“My shoulder is doing good,” Allen said. “I’m rehabbing it. I’ve got about 95 percent of my range of motion back. Now it’s just the strengthening process trying to get back strength-wise. I’m just excited that I can actually train like I like to train. Last year I was hindered. I could barely lift any weights because my shoulder was so messed up.”

Allen didn’t get into specifics about his contract status other than to acknowledge that he is in the final year of the deal he signed with Minnesota after being traded to the Vikings by Kansas City in 2008. He didn’t speak about a contract extension, but believes that, if he comes back strong, he won’t have to worry about his contract.

“All I know is I’m a Viking this year and I’m going to go out and play my heart out and try to win a Super Bowl,” Allen said. “I try not to think about that stuff. My motto is if I take care of my job on the field, the rest will take care of itself.”

Allen praised the Vikings draft and the bold move to get three first-round picks. He believes that if the Class of 2013 heads to Mankato with the same work ethic and resolve that the 2012 rookie class did, th