Allen took trade talk as 'sign of respect,' but star pass rusher remains with Vikings

The NFL trade deadline has passed, and Jared Allen is still with the Minnesota Vikings.

High-profile players with huge contracts are rarely dealt in this league, so the likelihood of him switching teams was slim. Still, he'll be a free agent after the season. The Vikings are 1-6 and on track for another rebuilding project. Salary cap aside, there were sensible reasons for a trade.

But Allen said Wednesday he wasn't bothered by his name being bandied about. He said he took that as a "sign of respect" that he still has value, as a four-time first-team All-Pro defensive end. Allen has 4½ sacks this season.

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