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Former Vikings DE Jared Allen to stay in NFC North, join Bears

03.26.14 at 10:05 am ET
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Defensive end Jared Allen has agreed to a four-year deal with the Bears, the team announced Wednesday.

Shortly after the deal was announced, Adam Schefter of ESPN tweeted: Bears gave DE Jared Allen a 4-year, $32M deal that voids down to three years of $24M, of which $15.5M is fully guaranteed.

Allen previously had visits with the Cowboys and Seahawks. Last Thursday, while Allen was visiting Seattle for a second time, Ed Werder of ESPN reported that Allen and Seattle were close on a deal.

Two weeks ago, NFL.com’€™s Ian Rapoport reported that Allen was willing to retire if he was not paid “fair value.”

Allen has 128.5 career sacks, 12th most all-time. He has been to five Pro Bowls and voted a first-team All-Pro four times. He led the NFL in sacks in 2007 and 2011.

The 31-year old defensive end was drafted in the fourth round in 2004 by the Chiefs. After four seasons, he was traded to the Vikings in exchange for a first-round pick and two third-round selections. The teams also swapped sixth-round picks.

Upon being traded to the Vikings, Allen signed a six-year deal worth a reported $72.36 million. During his six years with the Vikings, Allen started every game, recording at least 11 sacks every season.

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