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Former Bears GM Jerry Angelo on Jared Allen: ‘He’s still got football left. It’s a good move’
The Bears paid good money for Jared Allen, but that’s the going rate.
‘‘He’s still got football left. I think it’s a good signing,’’ said former Bears general manager Jerry Angelo, who signed Julius Peppers for the Bears in 2009. ‘‘They paid good money for him. But it’s certainly money that’s in line with these other veteran pass rusher are getting.
‘‘He’s a good player. I think it’s a good move. Obviously the Bears pass rush was abysmal last year. Anything they can do to bring in a player that can rush the passer — 11 1/2 sacks is nothing to sneeze at — you’ve got to look at it. The money wasn’t outrageous. It’s in line with what these other players are getting. I think it’s a good move.’’
As Angelo noted, Allen still is a quality player. But he’s two years removed from his 22-sack season of 2011. He had 12 sacks in 2012 and 11 1/2 last year. He turns 32 in April. Teams have paid more for less production in free agency. But in most cases — like with the Bears signing of Lamarr Houston — it’s for players on the upswing. It’s hard to say where Allen is in his career at this point.
‘‘You’ve got to look at DeMarcus Ware [who signed with the Broncos]. What did he have? Six sacks? Where is he at?’’ Angelo said. Julius Peppers, what did he have? Where’s he at? Michael Johnson, the player the Bucs signed for big money, had 3 1/2 sacks.
‘‘What it tells you is the value of what he does. And that’s what players are getting paid. It’s not necessarily a case of, ‘I want this $8-$10 million player to look like a brand-new Cadillac. [Allen] is not a brand new Cadillac. But he plays a Cadillac position. That’s what you have to keep in mind — the value of what he does. And that’s what they’re paying a premium on.
‘‘It’s a good move. They’re better. When something’s broke you’ve got to go out and fix it. Given the players that were out there [in free agency] they did the best they could. They should be markedly improved up front [in 2014]. They certainly improved their personnel. And hopefully markedly improved their production.’’