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Lake Forest, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Chicago Bears have agreed to terms 
with defensive end Jared Allen on a four-year contract. 

According to NFL.com, the deal is worth $32 million, although the contract 
voids to three years for $24 million. The pact includes $15.5 million in fully 
guaranteed money. 

Allen joins the Bears after spending the past six seasons with the Minnesota 
Vikings. 

"We are extremely happy for Jared, his wife Amy, our fans and the Chicago 
Bears that Jared has agreed to terms and will be joining the Bears family," 
said Bears general manager Phil Emery. "This is another important step in our 
continued efforts to build our team towards a championship level." 

In 2013, Allen recorded 52 tackles, 11 1/2 sacks, six passes defensed and two 
forced fumbles. It was his seventh consecutive double-digit sack season and 
eighth overall of his 10-year career. 

Allen started all 16 games in each of his six seasons with the Vikings. He has 
never played in fewer than 14 games in any season since entering the NFL in 
2004. 

Originally selected by Kansas City in the fourth round of the 2004 NFL Draft, 
Allen spent the first four years of his career with the Chiefs. In 157 career 
games, Allen has compiled 555 tackles, five interceptions, 29 forced fumbles, 
17 fumble recoveries, 50 pass deflections and four safeties, tied for the most 
in NFL history. 

The Idaho State product and 2003 Buck Buchanan Award winner leads the league 
in sacks with 128 1/2 since being drafted. Allen broke the Vikings single- 
season sack record with 22 in 2011, when he recorded 22, just a half-sack shy 
of Michael Strahan's single-season league record. 

Allen, who will turn 32 in April, is a five-time Pro Bowl selection and has 
been voted first-team All Pro four times. 

"We're really excited about adding Jared to our football team," said Bear
coach Marc Trestman. "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." 

The Bears already added two pass rushers in free agency, signing Lamarr 
Houston and Willie Young. Chicago did lose eight-time Pro Bowl defensive end 
Julius Peppers, who signed with the rival Packers. 

 
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