It looked as though the Seattle Seahawks were poised to sign defensive end Jared Allen last week, bolstering what's already regarded as the NFL's best defense. Allen visited with Seattle late last week, and erroneous reports came out that he was set to sign with them after taking the weekend to mull it over.
It appears the Chicago Bears swooped in at some point and offered Allen a bigger deal, and he's going to join them now.
Jared Allen has agreed to a four-year deal with the Chicago Bears, the team announced Wednesday.
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports the deal is worth $32 million.
Allen previously had two meetings with the Seattle Seahawks, and turned down several other offers as he waited for a deal that equaled his All-Pro output over the course of his 10-year career.
Allen started all 16 games for the sixth consecutive season and didn’t miss a single game in his time with the Vikings. After a slow start in 2013, Allen registered 6.5 sacks over the final five games and finished with 11.5.
He turns 32 in April, and the Bears seem to think he has a few years left in the tank.