The report from the Delco (Pa.) Times that the Eagles have inquired about Jared Allen has been out there all day and we’ve confirmed that Philadelphia is trying to get involved. The question now becomes this: Are the Eagles serious players in the bidding for the Pro Bowl defensive end or is Chiefs President Carl Peterson simply trying to use them to gain additional leverage in talks with the Vikings?
It’s probably the latter. The report said the Eagles proposed sending cornerback Lito Sheppard — who is almost certainly going to be moved before next season — and draft picks to the Chiefs. The Eagles, however, did not offer up their first-round pick. (Allen isn’t even scheduled to make a trip to talk to the Eagles, something that likely would need to happen if they were big-time players in this.)
If the rebuilding Chiefs are indeed asking the Vikings for first- and second-round selections — the Vikings are offering their first- and one of their two third-round picks — there is no way Kansas City is going to take a package that doesn’t include the Eagles’ top choice. Philadelphia, by the way, will pick 19th in the opening round. That is two picks after the Vikings and one ahead of Tampa Bay, which also has interest in Allen.
As for this tentative visit Allen is supposed to take to visit the Bucs, as far as we know it still has not happened. Time is running out on the Bucs and honestly it remains difficult to believe Tampa is in a position to give up draft picks when it only has five in this weekend’s annual selection process. (Fran Foley’s description of the draft.)
The Vikings appear to be in good shape in the Allen sweepstakes but obviously patience is going to be a key as this process continues to play out.