Fire sale at Halas Hall!   With the season in the toilet and the Chicago Bears at 0-3, the Bears traded away Jared Allen, their biggest free agent signing since Julius Peppers, to the Carolina Panthers for a sixth round pick.

Allen, a five-time Pro Bowler, did very little in his time with the Bears.  In 18 games, he had 5.5 sacks, 1 interception and two forced fumbles.   The Bears were paying him a lot of money for no production.   So much money in fact because of a $11.5M roster bonus paid to him in March, the Bears essentially paid him that money for 3 games.   The Panthers are assuming nearly $1M of his remaining base salary of this year.   Allen signed a four year, 32 million dollar deal with the Bears in 2014.  He will have cap numbers around 8 million in 2016 and 2017 but the guaranteed money is already paid so the Panthers can essentially move on from him after this year with little salary cap repercussions.

The Bears clearly have their mind on 2016 with this move.   They just had another game where Allen did nothing, the team punted 10 times and were shutout, so maybe change was needed.   Because of Allen’s age 33, the Bears did not play him on special teams.   This move will open up more playing time for Lamar Houston, Sam Acho and Willie Young all who can play special teams and offer a lot more versatility than Allen did.   Pernell McPhee, at times, looked unblockable versus Seattle, now the Bears just need one of these other guys to step up and support him.

Allen, meanwhile, joins former Bears, Greg Olsen and Charles Tillman and former Chicago Bears player and defensive coordinator Ron Rivera in Carolina where they 3-0.   Allen will be inserted back into a 4-3 defense helping to replace Charles Johnson, who was injured Sunday, and the departed Greg Hardy.

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