Defensive end Jared Allen, who played the past six seasons for the Vikings, has agreed to a four-year contract with the Chicago Bears.
The four-year contract is worth $32 million, with $15.5 million guaranteed.
Allen has 128.5 career sacks, 12th most in NFL history. Only four players in NFL history — Bruce Smith, Reggie White, Kevin Greene and Chris Doleman — have more than 150 career sacks since the stat became an official NFL statistic in 1982.
Allen, who will be 32 next Thursday, has at least 10 sacks in eight of his 10 NFL seasons, and came within a half-sack of breaking Michael Strahan’s NFL record when Allen got 22 in 2011.
It’s an interesting case of musical chairs in the NFC North, with ex-Bear Julius Peppers going to the Packers, Allen going from the Vikings to the Bears and another Chicago defensive end, Corey Wootton, signing with the Vikings. Peppers, who is two years old than Allen, has 119 career sacks. His contract with Green Bay is for three years and $27 million, with $7.5 million guaranteed.
Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman, who met with Allen the first weekend of free agency and agreed to part ways, issued this statement: “We wish Jared the best as he turns to the next chapter of his NFL career. Not only was he an outstanding player on the field for the Vikings over his six seasons, but he also helped change lives in our community through his charitable work. Jared will always be a fan favorite, and we hope he stays involved with the Vikings franchise in years to come.”