The Panthers have been running short on defensive ends since Greg Hardy went on the commissioner’s exempt list a game into last season.
And when Charles Johnson got hurt, they clearly felt the need to make a big move.
According to Jay Glazer of FOX Sports, the Panthers have acquired veteran pass-rusher Jared Allen from the Bears via trade.
Allen makes sense for the Panthers for a number of reasons, as they need an established pass-rush presence at end, with or without Johnson in the lineup. But it also ends an awkward transition to a 3-4 scheme for Allen, as he was the ultimate old dog learning a new trick.
The 33-year-old Allen is ninth on the all-time sack list with 134.0, but hadn’t played in a 3-4 prior to this season. This gives him a chance to play with a contender, and gives the Bears needed currency with which to build for the future.