The Carolina Panthers decided it was time to make a move to boost their pass rush and worked out a trade on Monday with the Chicago Bears, pending a physical, for defensive end Jared Allen. first reported by Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer The veteran pass rusher joined the Chicago Bears prior to last season after spending six seasons with the Minnesota Vikings and prior to that four seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs.
This is a trade that made sense for all parties involved as Allen was playing out of position moving to outside linebacker and can now play his natural position as a 4-3 defensive end with the Panthers.
Meanwhile, the Panthers are in desperate need of help rushing the quarterback. The team now gets a veteran who has proven he can do just that over his 12 year career with 134 sacks. He is currently second among active players in sacks since 2010 with 62.
After sacking Blake Bortles five times in Week 1, this defense has only been able to muster up two sacks the past two weeks and the one this past week was from linebacker Shaq Thompson. The lack of production was made even worse with news that defensive end Charles Johnson will miss this Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ with a hamstring injury.
However, head coach Ron Rivera made it sound like this is an injury that could linger past their Week 5 bye week. The addition of Allen will certainly be a boost for this defense while Johnson is out and could really ramp up the pass rush when both Allen and Johnson are on the field.
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