Eden Prairie, Minn. Four years ago this week, Jared Allen was an unknown defensive lineman at Division I-AA Idaho State projected to be little more than a long snapper in the NFL.
Wednesday, the former fourth-round draft pick became the richest defensive player in the league.
Allen, the All-Pro defensive end who led the league in sacks last season with 151â2, was traded from Kansas City to Minnesota in a blockbuster deal.
"I have chills right now," Allen said after signing a six-year deal that includes $31 million in guaranteed money and could be worth more than $74 million if he reaches certain incentives.
Kansas City gets Minnesota's first-round pick, No. 17 overall, and both of the Vikings' third-round selections. The teams also swapped sixth-rounders.