Not a Seahawk after all: Allen signs with Bears

Not a Seahawk after all: Allen signs with Bears

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Jared Allen #69 of the Minnesota Vikings looks on before the game against the Detroit Lions on December 29, 2013 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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by Associated Press and KING 5 News

KREM.com

Posted on March 26, 2014 at 4:24 PM

LAKE FOREST, Ill.  -- Defensive end Jared Allen has a new team, but it's not the Seattle Seahawks.

Allen agreed to a four-year contract with the Chicago Bears on Wednesday.

The four-time All-Pro spent the last six seasons with Minnesota after four years with Kansas City. He leads the league with 128 1-2 sacks since entering the NFL as a fourth-round draft pick in 2004.

ESPN reported last Thursday that Allen had reached an agreement on a deal with the Seahawks, but his agent later said Allen would take the weekend to decide on a team.

Although the Vikings slumped last season, Allen had a seventh consecutive double-digit sacks season and the eighth overall of his 10-year career.  He started all 16 games, making 11 1-2 sacks and 52 tackles. He also had two forced fumbles for Minnesota.

Chicago's defense was one of the NFL's worst in 2013, ranking 30th overall and 32nd and last against the run. Allen also has been a solid run defender during his career.
 

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