Jared Allen was expensive for the Bears, but he’s cheap for the Panthers

AP

The NFL’s active sack leader is on the move to Carolina, with Chicago footing the bill.

The trade of Jared Allen from the Bears to the Panthers is the typical move of an aging veteran going from a bad team to a playoff contender, but with a twist: The bad team absorbed almost all of his pay before sending him packing.

The Bears paid Allen more than $14.6 million during his year and a half with the team. Most of that came in the form of an $11.5 million roster bonus he received in March. All the Panthers will pay him for the rest of this year is a little over $800,000, which is the remainder of his $1 million base salary.

At age 33, Allen is nowhere near the player he was as a four-time first-team All-Pro earlier in his career. He has 134 sacks in his career but had a career-low 5.5 last year and has none this year. But if Allen can prove to be a better fit in Carolina than he was in Chicago, he’s a bargain. The Panthers are getting Allen on the cheap.

40 responses to “Jared Allen was expensive for the Bears, but he’s cheap for the Panthers

  1. Wish him the best, but he was TERRIBLE for the Bears, even last year when he wasn’t playing in a 3-4. Doesn’t win with his first step anymore, so he just gets manhandled at the line. Brutal against the run as well.

  2. Couldn’t fathom it when they kept him with that roster bonus. Nothing ventured nothing gained for the Panthers though. Somebody in Chicago ‘got some splainin to do’

  3. It’s a fire sale in Chicago. The Bears have traded linebacker Jonathan Bostic to the New England Patriots, pending a physical, according to league sources. He was a second round pick in 2013 and their leading tackler last year. It is only costing the Patriots a sixth rounder. Typical Belichick in season move, just a little earlier than usual. Probably means Mayo isn’t healthy.

  4. And the Bears can shed as much dead weight as possible, they still can’t trade the one players they’d love love love to. Jay Cutler, enjoy your time in Chi-town.

  5. I recall when he parted ways with the Queens, he claimed to have fielded offers from SEA and CHI, and opted for the Bores because the money was better and the She-hawks wanted him as a platoon/passing down specialist.

    That’s all…just trying to alienate as many fanbases as possible.

  6. Can you imagine being traded by the Bears to the Patriots? Chicago is a great city but that must feel like you hit the lottery. Are there any Bears fans that can tell us what the backstory to Bostic is that Fox gave up on him?

  7. abninf says:
    Sep 28, 2015 6:56 PM

    Better team, better city x100. Good deal for Allen.

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    Anyone claiming Charlotte is a better city than Chicago clearly has no idea what a real city is and I’m from Los Angeles. Chicago is the second best city in the US maybe to New York. Best Skyline, Awesome friendly people and the Best food in the country their only rival is New York. Chicago has that big city feel and is a great town times a million!

    Good Luck to Jared, he is going to a better team, but the Bears will bounce back quick couple years.

  8. This new GM isn’t impressing me. Terrible mismanagement to pay him the bonus and trade him now. Nothing has changed. We just basically bought a 6th round pick for $11M. I don’t think I’m wrong in saying that’s above going rate.

  9. The Bears defense held Seattle to 2 FG’s in the first half and gave up 1 TD the whole game. The defense isn’t as bad as people think. Cutting Allen and getting a 6th round pick is going to help more than he does playing a position he has never played before. Bostic may have been ruined by Tucker and Trestman, but he didn’t start and has trade value the new management is doing the right thing. Find players that want to do their job and don’t waste time.

  10. madmike66 says:
    Sep 28, 2015 8:55 PM
    I like Jared Allen, but calling the Panthers a contender is hilarious, and the bears are phoning in the season pretty early, which is also hilarious.
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    The two-time division winning 3-0 Panthers are clearly not a contender.

    You are obviously one of the fans that make sure I aways double up on the 50-50 games. keep it up.

  11. During the 2014 season, Belichick traded for two linebackers that had fallen out of favor with the respective clubs, Jonathan Casillas and Akeem Ayers. Both played very well for the Patriots and made good money in free agency. History tells me Bostic should pan out as well.

  12. The report on Bostic is that he missed the first three games of the season due to a high-ankle sprain, not that he was a healthy scratch.

  13. More research on Bostic.

    Bostic led the Bears in tackles last season with 127, according to coaches’ review. The regime that drafted him liked him in pass coverage and his ability to chase down ball carriers. The Patriots play a lot of sub defenses and like linebackers that can cover (teams are usually throwing the ball against the Patriots trying to catch up from behind).

    Belichick is great at playing to players strengths.

  14. The main way the Bears get out of the hole they are in (which was caused by AWFUL drafting)… is through the draft. Neither of these guys were going to be here long term; so get something for them. It would be nice if they could get more than 6th round picks but that may be their value on the market – maybe they can move up in a later round if they like someone and afford to give up a pick though. They also are way under the cap starting next season; so maybe a smart pickup or two there will help. Emery really put this team in a spot (the Cutler deal, the Allen deal, two of his 1st round picks are iffy at best)… And Angelo was a disaster in his last few years. Like the Cubs, digging out of this is going to be ugly for a while.

  15. This tigerlilac Patriot’s fan is really putting Bostic on a pedestal, he has no idea the kind of expectations he putting on Bostic. I would calm down with the “solid move” for your Patriots. Your team is a dynasty and I respect that, but It’s not like the Bears just traded Brian Urlacher in his 3rd year to your team.

  16. Anyone claiming Charlotte is a better city than Chicago clearly has no idea what a real city is and I’m from Los Angeles. Chicago is the second best city in the US maybe to New York. Best Skyline, Awesome friendly people and the Best food in the country their only rival is New York. Chicago has that big city feel and is a great town times a million!
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    You forgot to mention the crime and murders every weekend……

  17. Talk about beating the system! Hell yeah, Jared! At least you got paid for previous performance. Killer attitude. Look at Matt Flynn! He got more money for not playing QB than anyone I know of. He might not be “playing” for a team but is taking up a number, holding his unit, and taking a massive paycheck to do it… Or not do it.

  18. misterpositivity says:
    Sep 28, 2015 8:59 PM

    I recall when he parted ways with the Queens, he claimed to have fielded offers from SEA and CHI, and opted for the Bores because the money was better and the She-hawks wanted him as a platoon/passing down specialist.
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    All those nicknames… you are the most clever person alive!

  19. cfos00 says:
    Sep 28, 2015 9:09 PM

    This new GM isn’t impressing me. Terrible mismanagement to pay him the bonus and trade him now. Nothing has changed. We just basically bought a 6th round pick for $11M. I don’t think I’m wrong in saying that’s above going rate.

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    I don’t understand fans that get angry about somebody else’s money. You aren’t paying $11M. It’s not going to be on the cap next year. Who cares if the McCaskey’s have to shell out money for JA to play for Carolina? Be glad that the Bears got something for an aging star on a team that isn’t going anywhere.

    On a side note, anybody who has watched the Bears for any length of time will know that this year’s defense is light years ahead of last year’s. At least they are competing this season. Mel Tucker, Jay Cutler, and Marc Trestman singlehandedly made me hate football last year. Can you use “singlehandedly” when talking about 3 people?

  20. I travel for work, live in Charlotte, have spent long terms in LA, Chicago, and NYC. Damn right Charlotte is better. I have a conceal carry law but don’t really need it because of the low crime rate (hmm, bet those two are related)
    Second, you kitty cat fans are hilarious. Kinda like Tampa Bay Rays fans (worked there too) imagining rivalries with real teams like the red sox (ugh) and the Yankees, when their fans forget Tampa even has a team (reformed pirates fan myself). No one outside of Charlotte knows who the Panthers are, and, it will stay that way until you get a quarterback and actually win something other than your piddly little division. You are not, and will not, be contenders until you draft for talent over ticket sales. Being the best loser still makes you a loser.

    By the way, Cam’s new line of tacky sport coats on sale this week at Belk. (No one outside of Charlotte knows what that is either)

  21. I received great news today! Just this morning I was a car salesman and this afternoon I found out I am now qualified to become the next GM of the Bears!!! The last guy paid Cutler over 100 mil this guy pays Allen an 11 mil roster bonus to play 3 games so I can only assume the ownership there hires GM’s who throw darts at boards to decide who to pay and when so I am pretty sure I can do that!!! Sending my resume in tomorrow and I can’t wait to start my new gig!

  22. carolina has a great interior DT rotation that takes pressure off the ends. I’d bet money allen gets at least 1 sack on sunday against the bucs

  23. madmike66 says:
    Sep 28, 2015 8:55 PM
    I like Jared Allen, but calling the Panthers a contender is hilarious, and the bears are phoning in the season pretty early, which is also hilarious.
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    Hate the Panthers all you want, but the fact is we are 3-0, and still have the Bucs (twice), Saints, Titans and Dead-skins remaining on our schedule, plus the wildly inconsistent Colts, Eagles and Giants. There is reason to believe we will win at least 10 games, even more if we do well against the Seahawks and Falcons.

    I hope we can use Jared Allen as a situational pass-rusher that plays about half the snaps, and he is able to do what he does best at a high level.

  24. Good for him! Class act, but everyone knew he was done the year MN let him go. Carolina will use him as a situational pass rusher where he can still impact the game. Pretty nice for them to get a polished pass rusher for $800k. Chicago, what a mess…

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