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KC Trades DE Jared Allen to Minnesota for Multiple Draft Choices

Apr 23, 2008, 12:58:03 PM

Kansas City Chiefs President Carl Peterson announced on Wednesday that the club has agreed to trade Pro Bowl DE Jared Allen to Minnesota in exchange for a first-round pick (17th overall) and two third-round choices (73rd and 82nd overall). In addition, the two clubs also exchanged picks in the sixth round. The Chiefs acquired the Vikings 182nd overall selection, while Minnesota received the Chiefs 187th overall pick. With the trade, Kansas City now owns six selections in the top 82 overall picks in the 2008 NFL Draft.

The Chiefs now have 13 total selections in the 2008 NFL Draft, the most picks by any team this year. Those 13 picks are the most since the club selected 15 players in ‘84 when the draft lasted 12 rounds. Kansas City owns two first-round picks (fifth and 17th overall) in the draft, the first time the club has had two selections in the first round since ‘84 when the team chose NT Bill Maas (fifth overall) and T John Alt (21st overall). The Chiefs have compiled six draft choices in the first three rounds (six of the top 82 picks) of the 2008 NFL Draft. The other three teams in the AFC West (Denver, Oakland and San Diego) own a total of four combined picks in the first three rounds.

“The compensation for Jared Allen was appropriate and specific to this draft and we believe will enhance the future of our football team,” Peterson said. “No one likes to lose an outstanding football player, however, to receive three high draft choices for one player is an easy decision regarding the future of the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs concerns were for appropriate draft round compensation for the services of Jared Allen. We wish Jared the very best.”

“This was a win-win situation for both teams and Jared Allen,” head coach Herm Edwards commented. “This was the right decision for our football team. While Jared has developed into an outstanding football player, this trade gives us an opportunity to acquire even more talented players who can form the foundation of our team. We’ve said all along that we intend to build our program through the draft and we’ll continue to do that.”

Allen (6-6, 270) led the NFL with 15.5 sacks in 2007 despite missing the season’s first two contests. He was the first Chiefs defender to lead the league in sacks since DE Neil Smith accomplished that feat in ‘93 with 15.0 QB takedowns. En route to his first Pro Bowl invitation, Allen became just the fourth player in team history to own 14.5 or more sacks in a season. Allen’s six multi-sack games also paced the NFL in 2007. He became the first Chiefs defensive end to earn a Pro Bowl berth since Smith earned a bid in ‘95.

Allen recorded 43.0 career sacks, the sixth-highest total in Chiefs annals. En route to claiming the Chiefs MVP Award Allen also earned AFC Defensive Player of the Month honors for October, becoming the first Chiefs player to win that honor since Thomas accomplished the feat in December of ‘97. Allen finished his impressive 2007 campaign with 14 starts, amassing 67 tackles (62 solo), 15.5 sacks (-111.0 yards), three forced fumbles, 11 passes defensed and 18 QB pressures.

In 61 career games (55 starts) with the Chiefs, Allen totaled 257 tackles (201 solo), 43.0 sacks (-281.5 yards), one INT, 13 forced fumbles, eight fumble recoveries, 26 passes defensed and 115 QB pressures. The Los Gatos, California native entered the league as the Chiefs second of two fourth-round draft picks in the 2004 NFL Draft. The Idaho State alum finished his prep career at Los Gatos High School.