KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Kansas City has traded Pro Bowl defensive end Jared Allen to the Minnesota Vikings. It's a deal that makes the Chiefs one of the major players in this weekend's NFL draft.
Kansas City gets Minnesota's first-round pick, the 17th overall, and both of the Vikings' third-round selections. That's according to a person close to the negotiations, who spoke on condition of anonymity because no official announcement has been made.
The 26-year-old Allen had an NFL-best 15 and a-half sacks last season despite being suspended the first two games. He's expected to sign a lucrative new contract with Minnesota.
The Chiefs are coming off a 4-and-12 season and are undergoing a massive rebuilding campaign. They now have their own fifth overall selection, six of the first 82 picks and 13 altogether in this weekend's draft.
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