With the Chicago Bears season serving as an utter disaster up until this point, a full-on fire sale could be on the horizon. And the latest star on his way out of Chicago is defensive end/kind of, supposed outside linebacker Jared Allen.
Jay Glazer is reporting that the Bears traded Allen to the Carolina Panthers for a sixth round pick.
Allen was traded for a 6th-rounder. Bears knew he didn't fit standup OLB position & didn't want to keep forcing it and forcing rotation
— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) September 28, 2015
Bears fans may be upset with the pick, thinking they could have gotten more for Allen, but considering he’s 33, the market isn’t quite as wide as it would be for a player a few years younger. Many fans were also upset that the Bears could only get a fifth round pick for Brandon Marshall. Those fans may have a point. It’s hard to see how these moves may pan out as anything better than cap flexibility for the future.
The pick was originally thought to be a conditional one, but it’s been confirmed that it’s just a straight sixth rounder.
Perhaps the worst part of this deal for Chicago is the fact that the Bears will pay $11.5 million of Allen’s salary, while the Panthers will pay him only $823,000. On Carolina’s side, this is a huge help for an already stellar defense. Adding a player like Allen when Greg Hardy is no longer in the picture and Charles Johnson is suffering from a hamstring injury makes for a great reactionary move.
Since entering the NFL, Allen leads the NFL in sacks (134.0), fumble recoveries (19) and disrupted dropbacks (161.0), according to ESPN Stats & Info.