KANSAS CITY — Chiefs defensive end Jared Allen wants out of Kansas City.
He formally requested a trade after contract negotiations broke down over the weekend in Indianapolis, Allen’s agent, Ken Harris, said in a phone interview Sunday.
The Kansas City Star reported that the team rejected the request, and Chiefs general manager Carl Peterson told the newspaper that the club plans to tender Allen on March 1, the deadline for teams to submit qualifying offers to restricted free agents.
Chiefs spokesman Bob Moore could not immediately confirm the report Sunday.
However, Moore said, “It’s my understanding that we have no intentions of trading Jared Allen.”
Allen, whose contract expires this week, has produced 271/2 sacks in three years with the Chiefs. But he earned a base salary of just $425,000 in the final year of his contract, well below the salaries of most other starting defensive ends.
He told The Star he isn’t optimistic about future negotiations with the Chiefs.
“For me, personally, it’s beyond that point,” Allen said.
“I feel shocked and hurt. Requesting a trade was probably the toughest thing I’ve had to do. It’s nothing personal against the town of Kansas City and the fans. It’s been great. (But) it doesn’t look like my future is going to be there, and I have to accept that. That’s why this is so hard. All the hard work I’ve put in — the blood, sweat and tears — I wanted to finish my career there. I was led to believe I was going to.”