A sixth round pick for a veteran pass-rusher that was once feared by every quarterback in the league seems awful cheap. Especially since the Chicago Bears have already paid Allen an $11.5 million roster bonus (for basically playing 3 games), and the Panthers receive a defensive end with no money due to him beyond the 2015 season. What is due to him in 2015 you ask? Allen is only owed $823,529 for the remainder of the year.
With the Panthers running short on defensive ends, throw in Charles Johnson getting hurt and the next to nothing price tag sprinkled in with a sixth round draft pick, this was really a no-brainer trade.
Allen is ninth on the all-time sack list with 134.0. As great of a career Allen has had, Allen had never played in a 3-4 defense before and it seems he wasn’t adjusting to it well. Allen’s stats through his Bears career include 18 games, 5.5 sacks, 1 INT and two forced fumbles.
The trade gave the Panthers a big defensive piece that they needed, the Bears currency (and a additional draft pick) with which to build for the future and put Allen (at 33) on a contending team as he wraps up his career.