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Height/Weight: 6-6/270 | Birthdate: 4/3/1982 | Birthplace: Dallas, TX, USA | Team: Chicago | College: Idaho State | NFL Experience: 12 | Owned/Started%: 69/51
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Bears' Jared Allen on new OLB role: 'I'm having fun with it'


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/4/2015) Jared Allen is in a difficult position as a 33-year-old trying to learn a new position from scratch.

The Bears' 12-year veteran, who was a defensive end for his entire career, is taking the transition to outside linebacker in stride and is working to become a threat from a new spot on the field, per NFL.com.

"I didn't know anything about it (playing OLB)," Allen said. "I played in a Tampa 2 defense my entire career, so there is a part of me that absolutely loves putting my hand in the dirt and that individual matchup with the left tackle in run or pass, or with the tight end. But this as a football player is fun, it really is -- the different styles of matchups you get and some of the one-on-one rushes it creates are really fun. Ultimately, it's kind of the same stuff, but later in my career it's easier on my body because I'm not technically banging every single day."

The change of position could be a blessing in disguise for Allen, who recorded a career-low 5.5 sacks last season.

"My body feels fresher because I'm not banging every single day and putting my hands on a 300-plus pounder and banging heads and that kind of stuff.

"I'm having fun with it. I know it's just OTAs, but being out there and seeing the one-on-one matchups that I've been able to create and the rush angles I've been able to create, so it's kind of broadening my perspective on football. For me, it's been a blast and I'm just excited to keep going."


OLB spot can give Bears' Jared Allen a career rebirth


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/9/2015) Bears defensive end Jared Allen is learning a new position at age 33.

With the Bears switching to a 3-4 defense, Allen will spend much of his time at outside linebacker. 

"He did well in the minicamp we had here, and I think he was excited about it," defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said, per ESPN. "Like I told him, I think he can have a rebirth to his career here playing a little bit of a new position. But in the NFL today, you play more nickel than you actually play base. For some teams they play nickel 65 to 75 percent of the time. He’ll be playing his normal position then. So it’s not as drastic of a change as you might think."


Bears defensive end Jared Allen played through herniated disc in 2014


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2015) Bears defensive end Jared Allen still thinks he can get the job done next season. Allen claims he was slowed last season while dealing with a nagging back issue, which was diagnosed as a herniated disc, reports the Chicago Tribune.

"I just don't know how to miss games," Allen says. "It killed me that I had to miss one."

Allen totaled 55 tackles with 5 1/2 sacks in 15 games last season.


Jared Allen tells Bears 'I'm still good, really'


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/29/2015) Bears defensive end Jared Allen met with coach John Fox and GM Ryan Pace at last week's NFL Owners' Meetings to tell them he's not on the decline. 

"I was less anxious and so much more eager to talk to them," Allen said, per NFL.com. "Just to say, 'Hey guys. I know the film from last year only shows 5.5 sacks. But don't believe that's all I have left. I'm good still. Really."

Allen also said he was willing to play a stand-up pass rushing spot instead of the hand-in-the-dirt stance he's used most of his career. "It requires you to refocus and rekindle your energy," he said. "You can't get stuck in your same old patterns."


Bears' Allen excited about the arrival of John Fox, Vic Fangio


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/2/2015) Even though the Bears are moving from a 4-3 to a 3-4 defensive scheme, defensive end Jared Allen is excited about the new outlook coach John Fox and defensive coordinator Vic Fangio are bringing to the Windy City.

"You look at what coach Fox has done over the history of his career," Allen said, per ESPN. "I think we'll be very disciplined. We'll be very cohesive. With Fangio coming in, you've got a big 3-4 background. Fox ran a 4-3 his whole life. So I think we're very versatile in how we can use our players. I'm excited to see what the plan going forward is." 

Allen has been reluctant in the past to move from a defensive end in a 4-3 front to outside linebacker in a 3-4. In 2012, when he was with the Vikings, he was quoted as saying, "I want to end my career as a defensive end. And I'm not playing a 2-gap, let me just throw that out the window now."

It seems as though the 33-year-old Allen no longer feels that way.

"One thing we do is we work. I'll be honest, I don't think we had a bad practice all year," Allen said. "Now it didn't always equate to wins and victories. We came up short. I think he's going to inherit guys that are eager, that want to win. That's one thing that was very prevalent in our locker room: guys wanting to win. I think coach Fox is going to give us that direction and give us that attitude, that sense of focus, purpose and discipline to get to where we want need to get." 


Packers' Aaron Rodgers named NFL MVP at NFL Honors


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/31/2015) Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was named the 2015 NFL MVP at the NFL Honors awards show, held Saturday at the Phoenix Symphony Hall in Phoenix, Ariz.

Rodgers played all 16 regular-season games in 2014 for just the second time in the last five seasons, completing 65.6 percent of his passes while racking up 4,381 passing yards, 38 passing touchdowns and five interceptions. He also added two more touchdowns on the ground while gaining 269 rushing yards on 43 carries.

Several other awards were handed out at the ceremony Saturday, as follows.

AP Offensive Player of the Year: DeMarco Murray, Cowboys

AP Defensive Player of the Year: J.J. Watt, Texans

AP Offensive Rookie of the Year: Odell Beckham, Giants

AP Defensive Rookie of the Year: Aaron Donald, Rams

AP Comeback Player of the Year: Rob Gronkowski, Patriots

AP Coach of the Year: Bruce Arians, Cardinals

AP Assistant Coach of the Year: Todd Bowles, Cardinals

Walter Payton Man of Year: Thomas Davis, Panthers

Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award: Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals

Salute to Service Award: Jared Allen, Bears

NFL.com Fantasy Player of the Year: Le'Veon Bell, Steelers

FedEx Air Player of the Year: Aaron Rodgers, Packers

FedEx Ground Player of the Year: Le'Veon Bell, Steelers

Deacon Jones Award: Justin Houston, Chiefs

Greatness on the Road Award: Tony Romo, Cowboys

Bridgestone Performance Play of the Year: Odell Beckham one-handed catch

Don Shula High School Coach of the Year: Bruce Larson, Somerset (Wisconsin) High School

In addition, eight finalists were voted into the Hall of Fame: running back Jerome Bettis, wide receiver Tim Brown, defensive end/linebacker Charles Haley, linebacker Junior Seau, guard Will Shields, center Mick Tingelhoff and executives Bill Polian and Ron Wolf.


Bears' Chris Conte to miss regular season finale against Vikings


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12/26/2014) Bears safety Chris Conte will miss Sunday's game against the Vikings with a back injury. Conte was unable to practice all week. He played 12 games this season, recording 43 tackles and three interceptions. Also out are quarterback Jimmy Clausen (concussion) and kicker Robbie Gould (quad).

Defensive end Jared Allen (ribs), defensive tackle Jeremiah Ratliff, and cornerback Al Lewis-Jean (hamstring) are all listed a questionable for Sunday.

David Bass (knee), Ego Ferguson (ankle), Kyle Long (hip) and Marquess Wilson (knee) are all listed as probable.

The Bears are 6-point underdogs for Sunday's game.


Bears DE Jared Allen gets green light to play in Week 5


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/5/2014) Bears defensive end Jared Allen has recovered from an illness and been given the thumbs-up for the Week 5 battle against the host Panthers. He had been designated as probable.


Bears list four as probable Week 5


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/3/2014) The Bears have listed four players as probable for Week 5.

Jared Allen, Lance Briggs, Chris Conte and D.J. Williams should all be able to go during the contest. Allen missed last week's game due to an illness. Offensive lineman Matt Slauson is considered questionable coming into the game. 


Bears DE Jared Allen returns to practice Wednesday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/1/2014) Bears defensive end Jared Allen has recovered from a bout with pneumonia and participated in practice on Wednesday.

Allen has contributed to 11 tackles in three games this season. The illness accompanied by a significant weight loss forced him to miss the Week 4 battle against Green Bay.


Bears DE Jared Allen able to work out Monday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/29/2014) Bears coach Marc Trestman said defensive end Jared Allen, who sat out Week 4 due to an illness, worked out Monday. He is being listed as day to day leading up to Week 5 at Carolina.

Pneumonia weakens Jared Allen for Sunday knockout


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/28/2014) The pneumonia that has Bears defensive end Jared Allen sidelined Sunday against Green Bay has dropped him from 270 to 237 pounds, per Fox Sports, which is further reporting that Allen campaigned to play anyway.

Allen managed his most productive game in Week 3 with seven tackles but has yet to register a sack this year after compiling 57 1/2 in 64 games over the previous four seasons combined.


Jared Allen a no-go for Week 4 game


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/28/2014) Bears defensive end Jared Allen has not rebounded from an illness enough to receive the green light for the Week 4 battle against Green Bay. He had been designated as questionable.


Bears announce injury report for Week 4 game


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/26/2014) Defensive end Jared Allen (illness) is the headliner among the defensive questionables for the Bears on Friday for their Sunday game against Green Bay. Also receiving that designation are safety Chris Conte (shoulder) and wideout Brandon Marshall (ankle).

Five Bears have been ruled out. They are offensive linemen Matt Slauson (ankle) and Roberto Garza (ankle), linebacker Shea McClellin (hand), cornerback Sherrick McManis (quad) and nose tackle Jeremiah Ratliff (concussion).

Free safety Ryan Mundy (shoulder) and defensive end Trevor Scott (foot) are probable.


Key Bears' probables active Monday night


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(9/22/2014) Bears defensive end Jared Allen (back), safety Chris Conte (shoulder) and receiver Josh Morgan (groin) are active for Monday's game at the Jets after being listed as probable on the injury report.

Bears list five players out on final Week 3 injury report


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/20/2014) Five injured Bears players will miss Monday's game against the Jets, according to the team's final injury report Saturday: linebacker Shea McClellin (hand), defensive tackle Jeremiah Ratliff (concussion), cornerback Sherrick McManis (quad) and offensive linemen Matt Slauson (ankle) and Roberto Garza (ankle).

In addition, defensive end Trevor Scott (foot) has been listed as doubtful. On the positive side, defensive end Jared Allen (back), safety Chris Conte (shoulder) and wide receiver Josh Morgan (groin) are listed as probable to play Monday.


Bears DST comes up big


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(9/15/2014) Overlooked after a poor Week 1 performance, the Bears DST came up big Sunday night at San Francisco. Chicago forced four turnovers by Colin Kaepernick, with rookie corner Kyle Fuller making two fourth-quarter interceptions.

Defensive end Jared Allen forced a fumble, safety Danny McCray recovering. Safety Chris Conte made his second interception of the season before leaving with a shoulder injury. Defensive end Willie Young led a strong pass rush with four sacks.

Riding a lot of momentum, the rejuvenated Bears DST visits the Jets on Monday Night Football in Week 3.

Jared Allen not planning to rotate snaps this season


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/7/2014) Bears defensive end Jared Allen has no plans to reduce his workload with his new team after playing 91 percent of the Vikings' defensive snaps last season, the Chicago Tribune reports.

"If they don't rotate offensive linemen, why are they rotating me?" Allen said. "I am in much better shape than an offensive lineman. If I don't feel I can play an entire game, then I will retire. I am in great shape. My body feels great. The day I don't think I can play a full game, I'll be honest with myself and I will hang 'em up."

In addition to Allen, the Bears added two elite run-defending defensive ends in free agency and two potential rotational defensive tackles in the draft. The new-look Bears defensive line gets its first test Sunday at home against the Bills.


New personnel should help Bears DST in Week 1


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/4/2014) The Bears revamped a terrible defensive line this offseason and brought in several defenders that should work wonders against the run. The new-look line will face a rush-centric test in Week 1 when the Bills come to town.

The Bills were a solid matchup for Fantasy DSTs last season, giving up the 12th-most average points in Fantasy. However, it may be difficult finding turnovers and sacks against them in Week 1, as the offense will likely commit to running the ball with C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson.

Luckily for the Bears, their rebuilt line now features the best two 4-3 defensive ends against the run last season in Lamarr Houston and Willie Young, per Pro Football Focus. If those guys can play at that same level in Week 1, it should force the Bills into third-and-long situations regularly, allowing Jared Allen to pin his ears back and get after E.J. Manuel, a guy with the second-highest sack percentage among starting quarterbacks when under pressure, per Football Focus.

While the Bears DST aren't a lock for a big Fantasy week, they represent a quietly-nice option in Week 1. Both CBSSports.com Fantasy experts rank them in the top 10 this week, but they're only owned in roughly three out of every four leagues.


Seven Bears to sit out third preseason game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/22/2014) The following players will not suit up for the Bears Friday night against the Seahawks in preseason action: wide receiver Chris Williams, wide receiver C.J. Wilson, cornerback Kyle Fuller, cornerback Isaiah Frey, offensive lineman Eben Britton, center Brian De La Puente, tackle Jordan Mills, defensive end Jared Allen.

Bears list inactives for Week 1 of preseason


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/8/2014) The following players will not dress for the Bears on Friday against the Eagles: safety Craig Steltz, cornerback Tim Jennings, cornerback Isaiah Frey, safety Chris Conte, offensive lineman Eben Britton, tackle Jordan Mills, defensive end Jared Allen, guard Kyle Long and and tight end Martellus Bennett.

Jared Allen says he has 'a lot left in the tank'


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(3/31/2014) Defensive end Jared Allen, introduced by the Bears on Monday, said he's nowhere near the end of his career. Allen turns 32 on Thursday and is entering his 11th season.

"I have a lot left in the tank, my body feels good," Allen said, per the Chicago Tribune. "I want to win a Super Bowl."

Allen likes the potential of the Bears' defense, saying he's excited to play alongside linebacker Lance Briggs and defensive tackle Jeremiah Ratliff.

"I'm excited to be here at a point where this team is really going to take some steps to improve defensively," Allen said. "And I've obviously played against this offense enough to know that it's very potent. And so for me, I'm excited to be here, excited to be a part of this, a part of what coach (Marc Trestman) is trying to put together."

Allen has 128.5 career sacks and should boost a pass rush that mustered a league-low 31 sacks last year.


Bears believe Jared Allen has 'got a lot left'


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(3/27/2014) New Bears defensive end Jared Allen started every game the past six years for Minnesota. Chicago coach Marc Trestman praised his durability and dependability.

“Certainly, those are big to consistently playing at a high level,” Trestman told the Chicago Sun-Times. “He has all the trademarks. And of course, his love of the game. When you watch him play, you’re saying to yourself, ‘This man loves playing football,’ and he’s been doing it for a very long time at a high level. Our personnel people and our coaches all feel that’s he’s got a lot left, and we believe we’re getting him at a great time.”

Allen turns 32 next week. He has 128.5 sacks in his 10-year career.


Jared Allen signs with the Bears


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/26/2014) The Bears picked up a replacement for Julius Peppers and stole a player from a division rival at the same time, inking Jared Allen to a four-year deal, the team announced. According to CBSSports.com NFL Insider Jason La Canfora, the deal is worth $32 million with $15.5 million guaranteed. At $8 million per year it's still less than what Peppers is reportedly making with the Packers. 

Allen has 128.5 sacks in his 10-year career including at least 11 in each of his last seven seasons. He's also missed just three games over his 10-year career. 


Seahawks await answer from Jared Allen


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(3/24/2014) Seahawks general manager John Schneider said he has not heard from free agent defensive end Jared Allen about the team's contract offer, reports ESPN's Ed Werder. Allen visited the Seahawks twice and the Cowboys once.

It's unclear when Allen will choose a team.