Chiefs trade Allen for picks

By: associated press
By: associated press

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Kansas City has traded All-Pro defensive end Jared Allen to Minnesota. It's a deal that makes the Chiefs one of the major players in this weekend's NFL draft and the Vikings a serious contender in the NFC.

According to a person familiar with the deal Kansas City gets Minnesota's first-round pick, the 17th overall, and both of the Vikings' third-round selections. The teams also swapped sixth-rounders.

According to another person familiar with the deal the 26-year-old Allen had an NFL-best 15 and a-half sacks last season despite being suspended the first two games. He has agreed to terms on a six-year deal that includes 31 million dollars in guaranteed money and could be worth more than 74 million dollars if he reaches certain incentives.

The Chiefs are coming off a 4-and-12 season and are undergoing a massive rebuilding campaign. They now have their own fifth overall selection, six of the first 82 picks and 13 altogether in this weekend's draft.

A pass-rushing defensive end became Minnesota's top priority this offseason after Kenechi Udeze was diagnosed with leukemia and with fellow former first-rounder Erasmus James coming off a third major knee surgery.

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