|For now, it's unclear why Asher retired entering his fourth NFL season. (Getty)|
Vikings cornerback Asher Allen, who was set to enter his fourth year in the league, has retired, Minnesota coach Leslie Frazier told reporters Wednesday afternoon.
It's unclear why the 24-year-old is giving up the game, and the decision apparently surprised Frazier, who said he was told it wasn't a health matter. In the final year of his rookie contract, the former third-round pick was set to make $615,000 in 2012.
In the past three seasons, Asher had started 21 of 36 games, accumulating 134 tackles, four interceptions and 11 passes defended. He did not have a good season last year, according to Pro Football Focus -- which ranked him No. 107 out of 109 cornerbacks and calculated that quarterbacks had a 104.6 rating when they threw his way.
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