The Chicago Bears announced earlier this morning that they have reached an agreement with DE Jared Allen on a four-year contract worth $32 million.
LM: #Bears bolster defense by agreeing to terms on 4-year deal with DE Jared Allen, one of NFL’s most prolific pass rushers.
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) March 26, 2014
Just two years and $15.5 million of Allen’s contract are fully guaranteed, so the Bears have built in some protection into the deal.
The Seahawks and Cowboys both met with Allen who was reportedly taking his time to decide on his next team. The Bears came up as a speculative option, but there wasn’t a lot of buzz surrounding them in recent weeks, so this move does comes as a bit of a surprise.
Allen, 31, has been an extremely productive player during his time in Minnesota, and although his 2013 season wasn’t as good as years past, he still manged to record 11.5 sacks, 52 tackles and two forced fumbles.