Jared Allen open to leaving Minnesota in free agency

Vikings defensive end Jared Allen knows his days in Minnesota are likely over after this season since his contract will be up.

Allen made it clear that he’s open to signing elsewhere in free agency.

“To be real honest, I’m going to have to look at the situation of the team,” Allen said via USA TODAY Sports. “If I continue to play, you want to try to win a championship at some point. Personal accolades can only go so far.”

If Allen does sign with another team,  he does plan on retiring as a Viking when his career is over.

“Wherever I go, when I retire, I’m going to call them and say, ‘Hey, let me sign a one-day contract,” Allen said. “Minnesota will always be in my heart. But I don’t know what the future holds. We haven’t talked about it. I’m trying not to think about it.”

Allen made it clear that he’s not interested in chasing a Super Bowl ring.

“I don’t want to be chasing the ring. I want to earn the ring,” Allen said. “I want to be somewhere, and obviously, you’ve got to have parts in place and you’ve got to be contenders.”