It was a little bit right out of a movie. It was very quiet. Just to give you a little aside; [Allen’s agent] Ken Harris came to the hotel at the NFL Owner’s Meetings [in Orlando, Fla.]. We knew for it to remain silent we couldn’t have anybody see us meet or shake hands.
We met at night away from the hotel. Ken had come to meet us and we were standing out facing the parking lot and [ESPN’s] John Clayton came up to [Bears contract negotiator] Cliff Stein to shake his hand. Fortunately, John’s back was to Ken who was walking up to say hi to me, and I grabbed Ken and pulled him around a post [to avoid detection].
It does a make difference on any contract situation because you’ve removed the pressure of other situations. The fact we were able to do this quietly removed [other team’s abilities to] counter. We were the right fit and we were going to continue to push it through without it getting out in the media to allow teams to counter while we were trying to work out an agreement.
Bears GM Phil Emery details how he used his powers of stealth to quietly get an in with the Jared Allen camp.
I don’t know him. We’ve texted each other this morning, certainly, and I welcomed him to the team. He’s a high-motor guy. His tenure in the National Football League has been, obviously we all know, a very positive one. I’m sure he feels—we’ll let him talk about it—but he feels this is the place where he wants to finish his career.
Bears coach Marc Trestman on latest acquisition Jared Allen.
Per the Tribune:
The Bears’ push to revive their defense got a major boost Wednesday when the team announced it has agreed to terms on a four-year deal with former Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen.
Allen, who will turn 32 in April, has 128.5 career sacks and comes to Chicago after spending his past six seasons as a division rival with the Vikings. Allen had 52 tackles and 11.5 sacks last season. His most dominant campaign came in 2011 when he almost set the NFL single-season record for sacks with 22, finishing a half-sack short of Michael Strahan’s record.
The Bears already had added two pass rushers in free agency, signing Lamarr Houston shortly after the market opened March 11 and adding Willie Young to the mix a few days later. General manager Phil Emery, however, saw another opportunity to enliven his defense with Allen.
Allen will receive $32 million over four years, with $15.5 million guaranteed. That makes him the Bears’ highest average-per-year earner on defense.
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