We were told Jared Allen was willing to retire rather than continue his career at a compensation level he felt to be beneath him. Turns out, the veteran pass rusher didn't even take the biggest offer on the table.
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday on "NFL Total Access" that the Oakland Raiders represented the highest earning opportunity for Allen, offering a contract that would pay $9 million per year.
The four-year, $32 million deal (including $15.5 million guaranteed) that Allen decided to take with Chicago was better than the deal offered by the Seattle Seahawks, whom Allen visited twice last week. The New York Jets also were in contact with Allen, according to Rapoport, though they never made a firm offer. (Sounds like John "The Glacier" Idzik to us ...)
Allen's agent met with the Bears at an off-site location in Orlando, Fla., on Sunday and they agreed to general terms of the deal Tuesday afternoon. The deal was finalized by 1 a.m. and announced Wednesday morning. The contract is expected to become official early next week, likely by Monday.
Allen ended up getting exactly what he wanted this offseason: a multiyear, market-appropriate deal with a Super Bowl contender. The journey was far from smooth, but that doesn't matter much now.