Jared Allen made waves on Wednesday when he agreed to a four-year deal with the Chicago Bears. After several weeks of speculation and even retirement talk, we now basically know where he’ll finish his career.
The deal is technically four years in length, but it’s really a two-year deal with an option for another two. If I had to guess right now, I’d say there’s no way Allen plays out his entire contract with the Bears.
His goals were clear at this point in his career: (1) Get paid fairly. (2) Win a championship. I believe one was more important than two, but that both had to be met for him to continue his career. The Bears paid him fairly and they do have a decent shot at Super Bowl run over the next couple of years.
But one interesting thing that’s come out of the DE changing from the Minnesota Vikings to the Bears, is a comment from former teammate Brian Robison.
According to the Pioneer Press’ Chris Tomasson, Robison said this on Allen’s move to the Windy City:
“It’s going to be weird seeing him play for the Bears especially since he never really liked Chicago when he was here. I told him I wish him the best except when he plays us.”
Some people will read into this, but here’s the thing — Allen views football as a business. He’s probably not a huge fan of Chicago and he’s probably not a huge fan of many cities across this great land. He simply made the best business decision for himself, while also getting an decent shot at the Super Bowl.
When it comes time to throw down on Sundays, it won’t matter a bit if the DE doesn’t particularly like the Windy City. He’s going to play at 110%, just like he always does.