Jay Glazer of FOX Sports is reporting that the Chicago Bears have traded outside linebacker Jared Allen to the Carolina Panthers.
Allen is the NFL's active sack leader who signed with the Bears last off-season. He struggled last year, due in large part to pneumonia suffered early in the campaign, finishing with a career-low 5.5 sacks. He's yet to pick up a sack this season after switching from his traditional 4-3 defensive end spot to 3-4 outside linebacker.
The Bears already paid Allen $11.5 million in a roster bonus earlier this year. His base salary is just $1 million, so the Panthers aren't taking on a lot of money. Obviously, the Bears are just looking for something in return for an underperforming veteran playing out of position.
The Bears received a conditional sixth-round pick in the deal.
“We had some depth at the linebacker position and were able to reach an agreement with the Panthers to bring a 2016 draft pick to our team in exchange for Jared Allen,” Bears GM Ryan Pace said in a statement announcing the trade. “Whether it is acquiring additional picks or signing players, we will continue to be aggressive in finding ways to improve our football team.
“We appreciate Jared’s contributions and wish him the best in Carolina.”