This line caught my eye. It comes from Bill Williamson’s review of the NFC North draft at ESPN.com and it conveys his enthusiasm for the deal that brought Jared Allen to the Minnesota Vikings. He writes: “Anytime you can get a player who led the NFL in sacks at the age of 25, you make that deal.”
Really? What if the Packers had offered Ryan Grant, Aaron Kampman, Charles Woodson and first round picks in 2008, 2009 and 2010? Of course not. This is the kind of stupid analysis you expect to see on a Vikings blog or at someplace less esteemed than ESPN. (Unless it came from Sean Salisbury, who offered these kind of bone-headed categorical statements in virtually every appearance.) The reality is that the Jared Allen deal was a major risk for the Vikings (something Williamson acknowledges elsewhere in his post). If might work out, it might not. I happen to think they overpaid for him, even if he wasn’t a risk for a DUI-related suspension. It was a move you’d expect more from a team that seemed to be on the verge of greatness, not a team like the Vikings.