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Jared Allen | Linebacker

Team: Chicago Bears
Age / DOB:  (33) / 4/3/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 270
College: Idaho State
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Bears OLB Jared Allen will be fighting for snaps at training camp.
Allen will be playing outside linebacker for the first time in his career at age 33. He's also coming off an unproductive season and has talented pass rushers in front of him (Pernell McPhee, Lamarr Houston, Sam Acho). Allen, an every-down 4-3 end for the majority of his career, will likely be a sub-package player in Vic Fangio's 3-4. Jun 23 - 10:41 AM

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Bears DC Vic Fangio is confident Jared Allen's move from 4-3 end to 3-4 outside linebacker can "revitalize" the 33-year-old's career.

Fangio says Allen "did well" at OLB in Chicago's pre-draft minicamp. "I think he can have a rebirth to his career here playing a little bit of a new position." Fangio also explained Allen's position won't be all that different because the Bears will mostly lean on sub-packages, where Allen will continue to rush the passer with his hand in the dirt. With Lamarr Houston (ACL) and Willie Young (Achilles') coming off major injuries, Allen is the favorite to start opposite Pernell McPhee.
May 9 - 7:40 PM

Bears DE/OLB Jared Allen says he was diagnosed with a herniated disc in his back following the season.

Allen also attributes his diminished 2014 production to an early-season bout with pneumonia that cost him 15 pounds, and affected his play for two months. Allen has resumed training vigorously, as he does every offseason. Now 33 years old, it's entirely unclear what's left in Allen's tank. A 4-3 end for his entire career, Allen will soon begin learning 3-4 outside linebacker at Bears OTAs.
Mar 29 - 4:00 PM

Jared Allen is expected to be a sub-package player for the Bears.

After being an every-down player throughout his entire career as a base 4-3 right end, Allen will be playing in a 3-4 defense this season. It's something he's been strongly opposed to in the past, but the Bears aren't going to cut him after paying Allen an $11.5 million roster bonus. Allen is too small to play 3-4 end, and Pernell McPhee and Lamarr Houston are the starting edge rushers.
Mar 27 - 9:30 AM

Bears RE Jared Allen has a $12.5 million cap number for 2015.

It's fully guaranteed, too, so the Bears would take on a $12.5 million dead money hit if they were to release Allen. The Bears are expected to switch to a 3-4 defense under new DC Vic Fangio. Allen expressed some concern about the change, but believes he'll be a pure edge rusher at outside linebacker. He did admit that, if he had his choice, Allen would prefer to be a 4-3 right end.
Jan 30 - 9:09 AM

Bears RE Jared Allen (illness) is listed as probable for Week 5 against the Panthers.

A bout of pneumonia rocked Allen's system. He lost 18 pounds a couple weeks ago, and has gained just five of those back but plans to play Sunday.
Sun, Oct 5, 2014 11:10:00 AM

Bears declared RE Jared Allen (illness) inactive for Sunday's Week 4 game against the Packers.

Allen has pneumonia and has lost 18 pounds this week. This snaps a streak for 113 consecutive games played, a run that dates back to the beginning of the 2007 season. Allen's absence upgrades Aaron Rodgers, as the ex-Viking had four quarterback hits and six quarterback hurries through the first three weeks.
Sun, Sep 28, 2014 11:35:00 AM

New Bears RE Jared Allen says he never seriously considered retirement, but wanted to play for a winning team.

"(Retirement) was never my intent, but my point was that (I wasn't) going to throw my cleats and pads on for a team that had no chance," Allen said. "It was never, ‘Oh, if I don’t get X amount of dollars, I’m walking away.'" It's why Allen reportedly turned down more money from the Raiders to sign with Chicago. Allen's "four-year, $32 million" deal includes $15.5 million guaranteed over the first two seasons.
Mon, Mar 31, 2014 04:27:00 PM

Jared Allen will serve as the Bears' right end in 2014.

It's Julius Peppers' old position, and the same spot Allen manned in Minnesota. He will be lining up opposite Lamarr Houston. Allen is not the pass-rushing force he was five years ago, but has notched at least 11 sacks every season since 2007.
Mon, Mar 31, 2014 03:44:00 PM

Jared Allen reportedly turned down more money from the Raiders before signing with the Bears.

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Raiders were offering $9 million per season to join their revamped defensive line. He chose to accept a deal from the Bears that is for four years and $32 million on paper, but just two years and $15.5 million in reality. It's still more than Seattle offered. In the end, 31-year-old Allen chose the best combination of money and chance to win a Super Bowl.
Thu, Mar 27, 2014 08:09:00 AM

Bears agreed to terms with DE Jared Allen on a four-year, $32 contract.

Aging pass rushers are playing a game of musical chairs in the NFC North. The Bears dumped Julius Peppers, who proceeded to sign with the Packers. Now the Bears scoop up Allen from the Vikings as they continue to remake their defensive line. There's wisely only two years and $15.5 million of fully guaranteed money in this deal as Allen turns 32 next week and has shown rapidly declining quickness/stamina. Still, the Bears can now offer a solid rotation with Lamarr Houston, Willie Young and Israel Idonije off the edge. Allen had enough juice to net 11.5 sacks a year ago.
Wed, Mar 26, 2014 08:38:00 AM

Free agent Jared Allen left his second Seahawks visit without a contract, but expects to decide on his future this weekend.

Allen is believed to be on the verge of a deal with Seattle, but leaving town to mull over his options could result in a few extra bucks thrown his way. The Seahawks are still the heavy favorites for his services.
Thu, Mar 20, 2014 05:30:00 PM

ESPN's Ed Werder reports free agent Jared Allen is expected to sign with the Seahawks, "barring unforeseen issues."

Per Werder, Allen could sign as early as Thursday afternoon. The deal comes at the end of Allen's second trip to Seattle. Allen was originally seeking DeMarcus Ware money ($10 million per year), but won't come anywhere close to that in Seattle. Instead, he'll get a shot at a ring. Going on 32, Allen has notched at least 11 sacks every year since 2006.
Thu, Mar 20, 2014 03:20:00 PM

ESPN's Ed Werder reports free agent DE Jared Allen is visiting the Seahawks for the second time.

Werder adds Allen could make his decision in the next couple days. Allen was reportedly after $10 million a year, but there is no way Seattle is offering that kind of money. This second visit could indicate Allen has lowered his asking price. Allen recorded 11.5 sacks and 52 tackles for the Vikings in 2013.
Wed, Mar 19, 2014 11:45:00 PM

According to ESPN's Ed Werder, free agent DE Jared Allen wants close to $10 million per season.

Allen continues to badly overestimate his worth on the open market. He'll turn 32 years old next month and has shown rapidly declining quickness as a pass-rusher as well liabilities in the run game. The Cowboys and Seahawks are not going to be interested in paying Allen DeMarcus Ware or Julius Peppers kind of coin. He's failed to gain any leverage with those hollow retirement threats.
Wed, Mar 19, 2014 10:33:00 AM

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