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Sunday slant: Jared Allen takes on history

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Jared Allen didn't get the single-season sack record or the AP's Defensive Player of the Year, but over his Vikings and NFL career, he has been putting up Hall of Fame-worthy numbers. The Vikings' big "risk" on him just four years ago is receiving a big return on investment, as the numbers show.

How do you measure the worth of a player? Front offices, coaches, agents and players all have differing opinions, and each of their views are shaped by different experiences. Front offices ultimately determine the dollar value of the player, coaches see much more – good and bad – through the daily interaction, agents love to work the comparative stats that figure in their client's favor and...

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