Jared Allen agrees to four-year, $32 million contract with Bears
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Jared Allen is no longer a Minnesota Viking, but that doesn't mean his former team won't be seeing plenty of him in 2014.
The defensive end agreed to a four-year contract with the NFC North rival Chicago Bears on Wednesday morning, according to multiple reports. Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported the deal is worth $32 million and voids to three years, $24 million. Allen will receive $15.5 million guaranteed.
Allen, who turns 32 next Thursday, hit the free-agent market this month and was believed to have had discussions with a few teams, including Denver, Dallas and Seattle. It was reported he visited the Cowboys and Seahawks and there was speculation he would end up in Seattle.
"I'd like to take a moment to thank my former teammates, coaches and the staff at the Minnesota Vikings for all of their inspiring work and dedication," Allen said in a statement, posted on the Vikings' website. "Perhaps more importantly I would like to thank the fans and the Minnesota community. I can only hope that I have left with you all, with even a fraction of the positive support and impact you have had on my life, my foundation and my family. I am very excited about this next chapter in my career with the Chicago Bears and can't wait to see what the future holds for us. God bless."
Allen had 11.5 sacks last season with the Vikings and has 128.5 sacks in his 10-year career. Allen spent the past six seasons with the Vikings after starting his career with the Kansas City Chiefs.
"We wish Jared the best as he turns to the next chapter of his NFL career," Vikings GM Rick Spielman said in a statement. "Not only was he an outstanding player on the field for the Vikings over his six seasons, but he also helped change lives in our community through his charitable work. Jared will always be a fan favorite, and we hope he stays involved with the Vikings franchise in years to come."
Allen will help to replace defensive end Julius Peppers, who was released by the Bears and has signed with the Green Bay Packers. Peppers, who was due $14 million in 2014, with an $18 million cap hit, had only seven sacks last season.
Peppers, meanwhile, reportedly received a three-year deal from the Packers that could be worth up to $26 million. The 34-year-old gets a $7.5 million signing bonus, according to ESPN, but that's the only guaranteed money in the deal. He will get a base salary of $1 million in 2014 but the year contains no other bonuses.
DeMarcus Ware, who was released by the Cowboys after the season, signed a three-year, $30 million contract with Denver that contains $20 million guaranteed, according to ESPN. Ware is 31 years old and had six sacks last season.