The Chicago Bears signed defensive end Jared Allen away from the Minnesota Vikings. He got a four-year deal for $32 million with a guarantee of $15.5 million.
Bears gave DE Jared Allen a four-year, $32M deal that voids down to three years of $24M, of which $15.5M is fully guaranteed.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 26, 2014
Apparently Allen was offered more money to sign with the Oakland Raiders, but he turned it down for a contract paying him less offering him the opportunity to win.
From Dan Hanzus of NFL.com:
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.
It isn’t like Allen got a considerably smaller deal, but it shows a commitment and desire to win. Allen said after signing with he choose the Bears because he thinks Jay Cutler can win a Super Bowl.