NFL notebook: Bears sign sack specialist Allen to 4-year contract
The Bears were looking to jolt their struggling defense. How does adding Jared Allen sound?
The Bears agreed to a four-year contract with the five-time Pro Bowl defensive end Wednesday.
A person with knowledge of the agreement told the Associated Press that Allen will get $15.5 million guaranteed on a deal that could be worth as much as $32 million. The person requested anonymity because the terms have not been announced.
Allen’s deal can be voided down to three years and $24 million, but the first two years of his salary and a roster bonus next March are guaranteed.
The 31-year-old Allen spent the previous six years with the NFC North rival Vikings. He will take over for Julius Peppers, who signed with Green Bay as a free agent after being released by the Bears. Chicago’s defense ranked 30th in the NFL last season and was 32nd and last against the run.
“This is another important step in our continued efforts to build our team towards a championship level,” general manager Phil Emery told the team’s website.
Allen, 31, had 11½ sacks last season, reaching double digits in sacks for seven straight years and is considered a solid run defender.
No surgery now for Kelly
Doctors treating Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly said Wednesday he will not immediately undergo surgery for a recurrence of cancer.
Instead, the longtime Bills star likely will be first treated with chemotherapy and radiation, according to a statement from Lenox Hill Hospital in New York.
Kelly underwent surgery in Buffalo last June to remove a squamous cell carcinoma from his upper jaw. He had been expected to undergo additional surgery this week or next week after the cancer was found to have returned, his brother, Dan Kelly, said Tuesday.
Bills staying in Buffalo
Ralph Wilson fulfilled his vow in keeping the Bills in Buffalo during his lifetime. And they won’t be leaving any time soon following the 95-year-old Pro Football Hall of Fame owner’s death.
In what is being referred to as Wilson’s parting gift to his adopted community, the Bills are locked in to playing at Ralph Wilson Stadium through the next six years. That’s because of a non-relocation provision included in the team’s most-recent lease agreement. The clause requires the Bills to pay a $400 million penalty if they leave before the 2019 season.
The Buccaneers signed free-agent receiver Louis Murphy. In 71 career games, including 24 starts, Murphy has 121 receptions for 1,744 yards and eight touchdowns. … The Saints agreed to the terms of a one-year contract with quarterback Luke McCown, who was Drew Brees’ backup last season.