The Chicago Bears announced on Wednesday that they have agreed to terms with Jared Allen. The 31-year-old defensive end signed a four-year deal.
Wait, what? Last week, ESPN’s Ed Werder reported that Allen was visiting the Seattle Seahawks a second time and would be signing with the team. The thought of Allen, who has registered at least 11 sacks in every season since 2007, joining the defending Super Bowl champions was downright terrifying. Either Werder’s sources were misinformed or something fell through.
Instead, the Bears have landed a premier pass rusher who should be able to fill the void left when Julius Peppers was released. Allen likely won’t come close to the 22 sacks he recorded in 2011, but he can still terrorize opposing quarterbacks and should fit in nicely with Chicago’s aggressive style of play on defense.
Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports reported that the deal includes $15.5 million guaranteed.
Allen is turning 32 and was one of the top pass rushers on the free agent market. There was talk about the Minnesota Vikings trading him last season, but he played out the year with the team and is now going to a contender.
Despite his age, Allen has registered at least 11 sacks in every season since 2007. He’s an excellent asset and should give coach Pete Carroll another strong option on the defensive line.
Between re-signing Michael Bennett and bringing in Allen, the Seahawks should have one of the best defenses in the league once again next season.
Jared Allen has reached the point in his career where winning a championship is at or near the top of his priority list. The 31-year-old defensive end has been to five Pro Bowls and recorded 128.5 sacks in his career. He’s likely a future Hall of Famer who will go down as one of the top-five pass rushers of all time. All that’s missing for Allen is a ring.
Hunger to win a championship is the main reason it makes sense that a team like the Denver Broncos is a strong possibility to sign Allen this offseason.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 11, 2014
During an interview on Sirius XM Radio last week, Allen made it clear that he is looking to play for a team that has “stability” at quarterback.
“If you can play for one of the top five quarterbacks, that makes life easier, especially for rushing the passer,” he said, via the Pioneer Press. “You get tons of opportunities when you’re leading games by 14 or more.”
With Peyton Manning having passed his neck exam and been cleared to keep playing, the Broncos certainly have a top-five quarterback. They are also in need of pass rushers with Von Miller recovering from a torn ACL. Allen will still want to be paid what he deserves after averaging more than 14 sacks per season over the last seven years, but don’t be surprised if he takes slightly less to play for a championship contender like Denver.
Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen had a funny reaction to Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant getting two penalties on the same play late in the third quarter of their game on Sunday. The Cowboys had a 3rd-and-15 from the Vikings 34 late in the third and Bryant was flagged for offensive pass interference. As if that wasn’t bad enough, he took off his helmet on the field to argue the call with a referee, and that’s when he was hit with an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. The pass interference call was declined, so Dallas was backed up 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct.
I can’t wait for Tony Romo to tell us that Dez was just being really positive with the ref.
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The Minnesota Vikings are off to a 1-6 start this season and have allowed a whopping 32.1 points per game, which places them 30th in the NFL. Minnesota is also 30th in total yards allowed with an average of 401.6. The Vikings have been incapable of stopping anyone, and Sunday night’s loss to the Green Bay Packers brought more of the same.
The Packers, playing without Randall Cobb and Jermichael Finley, racked up 464 yards of total offense. Aaron Rodgers threw for 285 yards and two touchdowns while Eddie Lacy added 94 yards and a touchdown on the ground. Green Bay was able to beat Minnesota with almost any play call, and Jared Allen appeared to be in awe with how bad his team was playing at one point.
“I’ve never played on a defense this bad in my life.”
You don’t have to be a professional lipreader to determine that Allen said something along those lines while talking to a teammate on the sidelines. The Vikings were a 10-6 playoff team less than a year ago. They ranked 14th in points allowed in 2012. This year, Minnesota is one of the worst teams in football. Their quarterback situation has left little hope, but the defense has done nothing to help. I’m sure Allen’s frustration is felt across the entire locker room.
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According to FOX NFL reporter Jay Glazer, the Vikings are open to dealing the pass-rushing star if they can get strong compensation. Glazer says the Vikings would be willing to deal Allen for “the right price” and that they’ve discussed it. Glazer also notes that any team that wants Allen would have to trade at least a third-round pick, because that’s what the Vikings would receive in compensation if Allen leaves in free agency.
The Vikings are 1-5 and have serious problems at the quarterback position. They know this season is over, so they’re figuring they might as well see if they can get something good for Allen. Allen has been in the league since 2004 and has recorded 78.5 sacks in 86 career games with the Vikings. He never missed a game for them since being obtained in a trade with the Kansas City Chiefs prior to the 2008 season. As he showed us with this sack on Monday night against the New York Giants, he still is one of the best defensive ends in the game.
Allen was credited for a half sack of Eli Manning during his team’s 23-7 loss in New York. I don’t think a player has ever worked harder or done more to earn a half sack. While being blocked by Giants offensive lineman Will Beatty, Allen somehow reached his arms around the 320-pounder and grabbed Manning by the shoulder pad and jersey. Allen held Eli in place while defensive tackle Kevin Williams came in and cleaned the play up.
It was a lone bright spot in what turned out to be an ugly game for both teams — particularly Minnesota. The Vikings will probably look back at the play later in the year and appreciate it even more.
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