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March 31, 2014 at 1:35 PM

Jared Allen talks about decision to sign with Bears

It’s been a few days since Jared Allen signed with the Bears, choosing Chicago instead of offers from the Seahawks and a few other teams.

Allen, though, hadn’t talked about his decision until he met with the media in Chicago just a little while ago.

You can watch some video of Allen’s press conference here.

Not included in that video, however, is a comment Allen made when discussing why he chose the Bears over the Seahawks. While money was undoubtedly a factor — the Bears’ offer may have been more than twice as much as Seattle’s if the various reports are accurate, getting a four-year deal with $15.5 million guaranteed compared to a Seattle offer reported at two years, $12 million total — Allen insisted that he also thinks the Bears are close to a Super Bowl:

“Absolutely this team is closer than people think. Don’t get me wrong, Seattle is a great team and they have great parts. They’re also in a crazy good division where the Niners aren’t no joke out there either. But the Bears, I don’t know statistically what it is but just playing against them, Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery are two of the top receivers you’re going to play against at that size. I know what it takes to prepare for this offense, and it [stinks].”

And according to this story, Allen said reports that he was close to signing with the Seahawks were mistaken.

“There’s been a lot of wrong reporting” during his free-agency process, Allen said, according to the link above from the Chicago Tribune, which also stated that Allen said of choosing the Bears that “It all kind of fell in line at the right time and the right place.”

Still, it obviously was serious with Seattle and Allen considering he took two trips here.

Allen also said he expects to remain an every down, elite player, and that he was not considering retirement.

“I still feel like I’m one of the best at what I do. If not the best, then one of (the best),” he said. There had been reports that Allen was not enthusiastic about taking a lesser role with a Seattle team that likes to rotate its linemen — he played 91 percent of the snaps last season while no Seattle DL played more than 57 percent.

If Allen is still  with the Bears in 2015, he’ll make a visit to CenturyLink Field as Chicago is on Seattle’s home schedule for that season.

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