The Chicago Bears have officially welcomed defensive end Jared Allen to Chicago. The former Minnesota Viking signed a 4-year, $32 million deal last week with the Bears. The deal includes $15.5 million guaranteed and the pact voids to three years for $24 million.
Allen boosts the Bears defense which struggled to rush the passer last season. It was also one of the worst defenses in Bears history.
The signing now gives them some hope on defense after a great season offensively for the team in 2013. Allen was in Chicago today as the team officially introduced the 31-year-old. Here are some highlights from the conference:
Allen arrives at Halas Hall
Image via: Jeff Dickerson
Allen on the Bears offense
Allen took time in the presser to compliment the Bears offense, and yes that included quarterback Jay Cutler. Allen praised Cutler earlier in the week and thinks the Bears can win a championship with the quarterback. Allen said he called Cutler right after he signed. I bet Brian Urlacher is mad.
The Bears wide receiver duo of Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery is one of the best in the league and Allen agrees. He said the Bears offense was difficult to play against the past two seasons because of Brandon Marshall. He praised them by calling them "two of the best receivers in the league".
Allen on retirement
There were reports of Allen retiring during the free agency period if he didn't get a deal done for the money he wanted. In the presser, Allen said he "Just didn't want to play for a bad team." That's where the Bears came in.
Allen on joining the Bears
Mel Tucker played a big role in recruiting me to Chicago.
Allen makes it clear
I just want to win a Super Bowl.
I absolutely think this team is closer [to winning a Super Bowl] than people think. - Jared Allen on the state of the Chicago Bears.
With a really good offense and improving defense, Allen will have his chance in Chicago.Back to the Chicago Bears Newsfeed