Dec 29, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen (69) against the Detroit Lions in the second quarter at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Vikings win 14-13. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Jared Allen Stays in NFC North, Signing with Chicago Bears

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The Minnesota Vikings decided not to re-sign Jared Allen but that doesn’t mean the Detroit Lions will avoid seeing him twice each year. Allen had been courted by the likes of the Seattle Seahawks and Dallas Cowboys but, in a surprising move, has agreed to a deal with the Chicago Bears.

 

Swapping out an increasingly ineffective Julius Peppers for Jared Allen is a sure-upgrade for the Bears defense and another headache for the Lions offense to worry about when facing their rivals from Chicago.

Allen compiled two sacks, two hits and four hurries rushing Matthew Stafford in two games last year. I’m sure Stafford, like most Lions fans, enjoyed the thought of Allen leaving the NFC North but that isn’t happening.

The Bears added Lamarr Houston and former Lions defensive end Willie Young earlier in free agency as they look to revamp their pass rush.

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