During the NFL free agency period this offseason, Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen jumped ship to their divisional rivals, the Chicago Bears. Despite making the leap, Allen says he holds no ill-will against the Vikings.
“I don’t wish any ill-will against them, but I’m excited to be a Chicago Bear, I’m excited to play against them, I’m excited to still be in this division,” Allen said, via Master Tesfatsion of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. “It was time to move on. They got a direction they’re going, and we’ve got a direction we’re going.
“I wish them all the luck except to not have it against us. They’re another competitor now. They’re another team and that’s what it’s about.”
Jared Allen went on to say that he didn’t plan on retiring, that he simply wasn’t going to cash checks and wanted to compete immediately for a Super Bowl. He also said he thinks the Bears are ‘closer than people think’ to winning Super Bowl.