Jared Allen Signs Contract With Chicago Bears
Former Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen has been signed to the Chicago Bears for a four-year, $32 million deal.
Jared Allen Heads To Chicago
The five-time Pro Bowl player will be taking the place of veteran pass rusher Julius Peppers, who was a part of the Chicago defense last year that allowed a franchise-worst 478 points, according to ESPN. While Allen, also a veteran, may not technically be a better player than Peppers, it’s his personality and energy that the Bears are banking on to lead their defense in the 2014 season.
Allen’s deal with the Bears guarantees him $15.5 million over the next two seasons, reported the Chicago Tribune. General mangaer Phil Emery, in another big move for the team’s defense, signed edge rusher Lamarr Houston to a $35 million, five-year contract. With Allen on the roster, Houston will likely slide over to the left end, where he’s believed to be more effective.
If Allen hadn’t gone to Chicago, there’s a good chance he would have ended up in Seattle. The Seahawks were courting the 32-year-old defensive end, but were reportedly only looking to offer about $5.5 million a season.
Allen’s biggest strength – and the biggest coup for Chicago – is his consistency. He started all 96 regular-season games for the Vikings in his last six seasons with the Minnesota squad, picking up 85 sacks. In the last seven seasons, Allen hasn’t finished a season without racking up at least 11 sacks.
Peppers, meanwhile, has signed with Bears’ rivals, the Green Bay Packers. It’s expected that he’ll play a versatile role within the Packer defense and spend some time in the linebacker position.
– Chelsea Regan
Most Popular News
- ‘NSYNC Reunites At 2013 MTV Video Music Awards With Justin Timberlake [VIDEO]
- Kendall And Kylie Jenner Wear Revealing Dresses On MMVA Red Carpet
- Lisa Kudrow Ordered To Pay Former Manager Scott Howard $1.6 Million In Lawsuit
- April Fool's Day Tweets: Best Celeb Pranksters Hit Twitter
- Why Sia Doesn't Show Her Face
Most Popular Videos
Derek Hough On 'Make Your Move,' BoA, 'Dancing With The Stars'
Brenton Thwaites & Odeya Rush On 'The Giver,' Taylor Swift, Meryl Streep, Jeff Bridges
Billy Crudup On 'Blood Ties,' Clive Owen, Zoe Saldana
Shawn Ashmore On 'X-Men: Days Of Future Past,' Ice Man, 'X-Men: Apocalypse'
Jessica Chastain & Jess Weixler On 'The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby,' Being Best Friends