The Chicago Bears have signed former Vikings defensive end Jared Allen to a four year deal, reportedly worth $32 million, with about $15 million guaranteed.
The 31 year-old Allen played his first four years with Kansas City before really making a name for himself over the last six seasons with Minnesota. He's never played fewer than 14 games in a season, and has just two seasons with single digit sacks.
Many thought that a move was coming when the Bears restructured Jay Cutler's new deal the other day, and this appears to be the one that move was pointing towards. The Bears get a durable, relatively inexpensive, and veteran pass rusher to bolster their defensive line. Phil Emery has been very aggressive with the defensive line this season, which is a good thing. One of the reasons the Bears' secondary looked so bad (especially the safeties) is because they didn't get any consistent pressure on the quarterback from the front four. This move, along with the return of Israel Idonije, Lamarr Houston, and Willie Young, will help address that.
Also, Jared Allen won't have to fight with Henry Melton over his trademark #69, after Melton signed in Dallas.
Bravo, Phil Emery.