The Chicago Bears are reportedly interested in signing Vikings free-agent defensive end Jared Allen, per ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Schefter's tweet: "Vikings free-agent DE Jared Allen is talking with the Bears and Seattle Seahawks, per league source."
Allen will also visit with the Denver Broncos.
Allen has been one of the league's premiere pass rushers the past decade, racking up 128.5 sacks during his 10-year career, which is the second most of any active player.
Last year was considered a down year for Allen, who turns 32 in April, yet he still had 11.5 sacks, which would have led Chicago's defense.
On a short-term deal, Allen makes sense. The Bears signed Lamarr Houston today, who is a powerful run stopper, while Allen excels at getting after the quarterback on passing downs, which could give the Bears a formidable duo on the edges.
The biggest hurdle with Allen will be money. The five-time Pro Bowler and four-time All Pro will have to take a large pay cut to play in Chicago, as the Bears aren't flush with cash. And like the club is all too aware, having just cut Julius Peppers, dropping top dollar on a player over 30 isn't a wise long-term investment.
This would be a surprising move by GM Phil Emery but it definitely appears there is potential for the Bears to steal one of the league's most productive pass rushers from an NFC North rival.
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