Jared Allen signs 1-day contract to retire with Vikings

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Vikings have signed defensive end Jared Allen to a ceremonial one-day contract to allow the four-time All-Pro to formally retire as a member of the team.

The Vikings made the announcement Thursday.

Allen spent six of his 12 seasons with the Vikings, ranking third on the franchise's all-time list with 83 1/2 sacks. He finished his career in the Super Bowl with Carolina after being traded there by Chicago. Kansas City drafted Allen in the fourth round out of Idaho State in 2004.

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His 136 sacks are the ninth most in NFL history.

Allen didn't miss a game for Minnesota, starting 96 regular-season contests and four playoff games. In 2011, Allen's 22 sacks finished a half-sack short of Michael Strahan's single-season record.


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