Vikings defensive end Jared Allen said he is excited to still be a member of the team after Tuesday’s trade deadline, Ben Goessling of ESPN.com reports.
Allen added that there are no hard feelings about the Vikings engaging in trade talks involving him.
The Vikings had conversations with a number of teams about the five-time Pro Bowler, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, but nothing materialized before the deadline Tuesday afternoon.
Allen is making $14.28 million this season and will be a free agent after the year, which complicated matters for teams trying to bring him aboard for the final half of the season.
Allen said he talked with Vikings general manager Rick Spielman, assistant GM Rob Brzezinski and coach Leslie Frazier after the deadline and told them he was still happy to be there.
“I have a great relationship with Rick and Rob and Coach Frazier and [assistant GM] George [Paton] and everybody here,” Allen said Wednesday. “So, there’s zero animosity, zero anything. But just like with all the trade rumors weeks and weeks ago, I don’t even deal with it until it comes.”