As the NFL trade deadline neared earlier this season, the Minnesota Vikings were reportedly this close to trading Pro Bowl talent, Jared Allen.

Alas, no deal was made and Allen remained with Minnesota for the remainder of the season.

No progress has been made on a potential new deal between the Vikings and Allen and with former coach Leslie Frazier recently accepting the defensive coordinator job with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, rumors have swirled that Allen could leave Minnesota for the Bucs: