Bears Offer to Allen Wasn't the Highest One.....................

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  1. soulman

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    Jared Allen's highest offer came from Oakland Raiders

    • By Dan Hanzus
    • Around the League Writer
    • Published: March 26, 2014 at 09:02 p.m.
    • Updated: March 27, 2014 at 10:15 a.m.
    We were told Jared Allen was willing to retire rather than continue his career at a compensation level he felt to be beneath him. Turns out, the veteran pass rusher didn't even take the biggest offer on the table.

    NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday on "NFL Total Access" that the Oakland Raiders represented the highest earning opportunity for Allen, offering a contract that would pay $9 million per year.
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    Allen -- like Lamarr Houston before him -- was spooked by Oakland's unsettled quarterback position (this was before the Matt Schaub trade) and decided the Chicago Bears were a better fit.

    The four-year, $32 million deal (including $15.5 million guaranteed) that Allen decided to take with Chicago was better than the deal offered by the Seattle Seahawks, whom Allen visited twice last week. The New York Jets also were in contact with Allen, according to Rapoport, though they never made a firm offer. (Sounds like John "The Glacier" Idzik to us ...)

    According to Rapoport, faith in Jay Cutler, the ability to stay in the NFC North and the Bears' success in free agency were among the reasons why Allen chose Chicago.

    Allen's agent met with the Bears at an off-site location in Orlando, Fla., on Sunday and they agreed to general terms of the deal Tuesday afternoon. The deal was finalized by 1 a.m. and announced Wednesday morning. The contract is expected to become official early next week, likely by Monday.

    Allen ended up getting exactly what he wanted this offseason: a multiyear, market-appropriate deal with a Super Bowl contender. The journey was far from smooth, but that doesn't matter much now.

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    Well at least it wasn't ALL about $$$. I take that as a good sign. Allen wanted to be with a contender and he wanted a multi-year deal and I believe he got both by signing with the Bears.
     
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    Of course it wasnt about money, Jared wants to win a SB. Thats probably why he was deciding between us and Seattle. I think rookies coming out of their rookie contract are the ones concerned about money. Guys like Allen and Tony Gonzalez, vets at the end of their career, they want to win a championship before they retire.
     
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    Sooooo, he has faith in Cutler? More than I can say for a lot of Bear fans.:smilebig:
     
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    No one ever said Allen's judgement was/is the best.....
     
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    Well, he left the Vikings for the Bears. I'd say that's excellent judgement!
     
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    Pretty cool to read this.
     
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    In the final analysis that seems to be at least a major part of his decision process which is about a 180 degree turn around from where he was three weeks ago when he was expecting $12 mil a year or he'd retire. After Pep signed it must have been obvious to him that he wouldn't get anywhere near that number and it also says he preferred to stay in the NFCN if he could arrange it. So it seems it's a win/win deal.

    I'm just kind of thrilled that A) we sneaked him out from under that other arrogant asshat Pete Carroll, and B) this counters the Pack signing Pep pretty effectively. The latest I read on that is that they intend to use him as an "Elephant LB" so he'll play from a 2 pt. stance and also have some coverage responsibilities at times. Now that should be interesting although with him coming from the right side and Matthews from the left our lineman are gonna have their hands full.

    But all things considered I think the moves Emery made on defense will draw us far closer to the talent level of GB an we still have a draft to add more to those he's brought in.
     
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    Hell, I think he'll play even better wearing the Bears classic uniform over that godawful purple crap, with some weird damn horn on his head. He'll feel tougher, so he'll play tougher.

    In High school, we played a small downstate team from Fisher, IL. The team nickname was the... get this...Bunnies! They literally had the subdued silhouette of a crouching bunny on the side of their helmet. Now how the hell do you play a game like football with something like that on your head? For crying out loud, at least put a Playboy bunny symbol on the damn thing. Before anyone asks, no, they did not have to wear a cotton tail on their butt pads, but we spanked them pretty good without it.

    Allen will be proud to wear the classic orange and blue and he'll be an animal doing so.:smilebig:
     
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    yeah!!
     
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