By: Aj Mansour | KFAN.com
Talk about coming out of left field. After spending the weekend deciding whether or not he would land in Seattle, reports came out Wednesday morning that former Vikings defensive end Jared Allen has agreed to terms of a 4-year deal with the Chicago Bears.
The #Bears announce they signed Jared Allen to a 4-year deal. Wow.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 26, 2014
Jared has spent the past six years with the Minnesota Vikings where he started 96 games and racked up 85.5 sacks.
According to NFL.com's Jason La Canfora, the deal is 4 years, $32 million that can void to 3-years $24 million and has a guarantee of $15.5 million.
According to reports, Jared had made visits to Seattle and Dallas but in the end it was the Bears who swooped in and offered more snaps and/or money for Allen's services. Remember, the Bears recently parted ways with an aging defensive end in Julius Peppers who proved to be too expensive for their interests. That said, Peppers is also three years older than Allen and Jared has racked up double digit sacks in all of the past seven seasons.
Previously, Allen had said that he would be looking for a landing space that would allow him to remain a starter (check), compete for a championship (check???) and would pay him fairly (half check). Apparently, Chicago fit the bill.
With Allen staying within the division, the Vikings will now get there chance to run at Jared Allen and witness first hand the Jared Allen/Matt Kalil matchup at least two times a year.
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