Or, at least, they might have a willing trade partner. And it could be the Denver Broncos.
Gil Brandt of NFL.com reports that the Broncos are "attempting to trade" for Allen as we near the NFL's trade deadline of 4:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday.
Originally it was reported by Adam Schefter of ESPN that the Seattle Seahawks were making an "11th-hour push" to trade for Allen. Jay Glazer of FOX Sports refuted that report, noting that the Vikings have two suitors for Allen but Seattle isn't one of them. Schefter then backed off his report saying the Seahawks had decided not "not actively pursue" Allen.
Tom Pelissero of USA Today reports that Allen would be re-doing his deal "for the right situation." It's hard not to imagine Denver as the "right" situation. They're a strong team definitely in Super Bowl contention with a need at 4-3 defensive end and some salary cap space.
So what would they be looking for in return? Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports that the Vikings would like a second-round pick in return for Allen but would be interested in receiving a third-round conditional pick.
It's a deal that makes a lot of sense from the perspective of the Vikings. He's a free agent after this season and Minnesota -- whether they know it or not -- is in rebuilding mode. He's unlikely to sign there, but even more unlikely to win there.