Former Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen will not be joining the Seattle Seahawks or the Dallas Cowboys. As the Chicago Tribune reports on March 26, Allen will be joining the NFC North rival Chicago Bears instead.
The 31-year-old Allen was rumored to have been close to a deal with the Seahawks last Friday but left a second visit with the team without a contract. Allen’s agent said he just needed time to decide what he wants to do. Allen threatened to retire from football if he didn’t get the money he thought he was worth.
Terms of Allen’s contract agreement with the Chicago Bears are yet to be known, but it is reported to be a four-year deal. The Bears, who parted ways with Julius Peppers, have now added three pass rushers to a defense that struggled a year ago. Along with Allen, the team has also signed LaMarr Houston and Willie Young.
Allen, who will turn 32 in April, brings with him 128.5 career sacks and will add to the rivalry between the Bears and Vikings.
Bears head coach Mark Trestman is excited about the signing and welcomed Allen to the team via a statement posted on ChicagoBears.com.
“We’re really excited about adding Jared to our football team. We know what his abilities bring to the table. Jared is certainly a very experienced player in the league. We believe he’s going to come in hungry and excited to be part of our football team, and we believe he’ll fit right in with the other new players that we’ve added and the guys that are already on the defensive side of the ball. I know that our defensive coaches are excited as well.”
Jared Allen was one of the last high-profile players left in free agency.
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