Jared Allen Buying into the New Bears Regime—and a New Position

August 18, 2015   ·     ·   Jump to comments

BOURBONNAIS, Illinois — After the 2013 season, the Minnesota Vikings were looking for a new coach. Jared Allen, whose contract was expiring soon, had something to say about it. "If you hire someone who runs a 3-4 [defense], I'm out of here," he told team executives, with a smile. 
Behind the scenes, his agent delivered the same message. And he was as serious as a bull rush. Jared Allen wasn't going to be anybody's outside linebacker.
One year later, you would think the NFL's active sack leader would have become even more set in his ways, more resistant to change, more likely to yell at someone to get off his FieldTurf. This is a player who estimates he has played 99.9 percent of his NFL snaps at right defensive end, and who has done it very well, having been invited to five Pro Bowls.
But a funny thing happened on the way to Canton.
Last season, after signing a free-agent contract with the Bears that called for him to be paid a guaranteed $15.5 milli...

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