Jared Allen and 10 NFL Free Agents Who Crossed Enemy Lines

Jared Allen and 10 NFL Free Agents Who Crossed Enemy Lines

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Following Jared Allen’s decision to sign a four-year contract with the Chicago Bears, it got me contemplating all of the free agents who have decided to play for a former rival. Once a player has left voluntarily or been forced to seek other employment, the former fanbase only has one thing in mind – don’t play for those guys. More often than not divisional rivals will jockey for the affection of free agents for a number of reasons.

10. Deion Sanders Signs With The Dallas Cowboys

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10. Deion Sanders Signs With The Dallas Cowboys

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Deion Sanders only spent one season (1994) with the 49ers before leaving for the NFC’s perennial Super Bowl winners in Dallas. The Cowboys had won the Lombardi Trophy in 1993 and 1994, catching the eye of Sanders with the 49ers (one-year deal) that owned four trophies of their own. Heading towards greener pastures in Dallas, San Francisco ended up winning the Super Bowl in the 1995 season.

9. Greg Jennings Signs With The Minnesota Vikings

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9. Greg Jennings Signs With The Minnesota Vikings

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In Brett Favre’s audacious footsteps, Greg Jennings opted to leave Green Bay for Minnesota, signing a five-year, .5 million contract ( million guaranteed). In Green Bay, Jennings earned two Pro Bowl selections with 377 receptions, 6,019 receiving yards and 51 touchdowns. In a fitting ending, Jennings’ return to Lambeau Field ended in a 26-26 tie between the Vikings and Packers.

8. Marcus Allen Signs With The Kansas City Chiefs

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8. Marcus Allen Signs With The Kansas City Chiefs

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One of the Los Angeles Raiders' all-time greats, Marcus Allen, opted to leave a bloody marriage with Al Davis’ team for their divisional adversary in Kansas City. Allen stated in an interview with Al Michaels on Monday Night Football that Al Davis tried ruining his career and wanted him to stop playing. The Hall of Famer won a Super Bowl with the Raiders in 1984 while being named the game's MVP.

7. Ty Law Signs With The New York Jets

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7. Ty Law Signs With The New York Jets

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After the 2004 season, New England released Ty Law who was due .5 million the next season. Law recorded his highest interception total of 10 in 2005 with the New York Jets. In a recent ESPN.com article, Law made his peace with the Patriots' decision, saying they would have won more Super Bowls if they retained their strong defensive core years ago.

6. Darrelle Revis Signs With The New England Patriots

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6. Darrelle Revis Signs With The New England Patriots

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Years after calling Bill Belichick a jerk in an interview, Darrelle Revis signed a one-year, million contract to play for the New England Patriots. The University of Pittsburgh product played a key role in the Jets’ victories over the Patriots in both regular season and postseason games. It will be an unsettling image to watch Patriots fans drool over a player they once reviled.

5. Rod Woodson Signs With The Baltimore Ravens

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5. Rod Woodson Signs With The Baltimore Ravens

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Under the guidance of Chuck Noll and Bill Cowher, Rod Woodson epitomized the vintage Pittsburgh Steelers spirit. Woodson is a card carrying member of the Steelers All-Time Team, awarded in the 75th anniversary celebration in 2007. Following a one-year stint with the 49ers, Woodson signed with the former Cleveland Browns now wearing Baltimore Ravens jerseys. His first and only Super Bowl ring came with Baltimore in 2001.

4. Adam Vinatieri Signs With The Indianapolis Colts

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4. Adam Vinatieri Signs With The Indianapolis Colts

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The best kicker in NFL history and future Hall of Famer Adam Vinatieri swapped dark blue for the royal hue, signing a five-year contract with the Indianapolis Colts in 2006. The Manning-Brady rivalry earned Vinatieri a high spot on this list as a result of the teams' annual AFC Playoffs matchup.

3. Wes Welker Signs With The Denver Broncos

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3. Wes Welker Signs With The Denver Broncos

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Cultivating from a disapproval of the way Belichick operated and the Patriots' lack of aggressiveness, Wes Welker caught a flight to Denver to join forces with Peyton Manning. This cross over enemy lines may have never happened if Welker had snagged a crucial third down pass in Super Bowl XLVI.

2. Curtis Martin Signs With The New York Jets

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2. Curtis Martin Signs With The New York Jets

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Curtis Martin, one of the most undervalued players in NFL history, was drawn in by the bright lights of New York City when Bill Parcels threw out his reel to gain the services of the future Hall of Fame back. Martin is ranked fourth all-time among running backs in career total yards gained. Side Note: Five players on this list involving New England is no mere coincidence.

1. Brett Favre Signs With The Minnesota Vikings

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1. Brett Favre Signs With The Minnesota Vikings

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Brett Favre’s indecision on his retirement status led to Green Bay letting him walk while moving on with some guy named Aaron Rodgers. Just before the 2009 season, Favre signed on the dotted line to play for his former rival in Minnesota. Before committing the fundamental injustice of throwing across his body to lose the 2010 NFC Championship, Favre put together one of his best seasons ever.


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