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