Panthers Trade for Veteran Jared Allen

On Monday afternoon the Carolina Panthers and Chicago Bears made a deal that sends five-time Pro Bowl defensive end Jared Allen from Chicago to Carolina. The move is pending a physical.

In exchange for Allen, Carolina will send a 2016 conditional sixth-round draft pick to Chicago. The Bears are paying $11.5 million of Allen’s salary, with the Panthers paying him $823,000. The move will allow Allen to switch back to defensive end, where he played his entire career until being moved to outside linebacker this season by the Bears. The move is timely for the Panthers, who will be without starting defensive end Charles Johnson this week as he is dealing with a hamstring injury. Johnson said on Twitter it was a “Nice move by the Panthers!!!”

The 33-year old Allen will be a good fit for the Panthers. He will be able to help both on the field and in the locker room. He is the kind of veteran all teams love to have. Since being drafted in 2004 out of Idaho State, Allen leads the NFL in sacks (134), fumbles recovered (19) and disrupted drop backs (161). He has 483 career tackles to go along with the 134 sacks. He also have six interceptions and four safeties.

Allen will look to help an already-good Panthers defense, which is tied for seventh in the league in sacks with seven and fourth in rushing yards allowed per game at 75.7.

At the end of the day, the Carolina Panthers made a quality upgrade that will help this young team in more ways than one.

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