Panthers trade for pass rusher Jared Allen

The Carolina Panthers traded for veteran pass rusher Jared Allen from the Chicago Bears. The Bears are on the hook for $11.5 million and the Panthers are paying him $823,000. The Bears get a conditional 2016 sixth-round draft pick. The Panthers won't have defensive end Charles Johnson on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers due to a major hamstring injury. "Allen is a pass rushing specialist -- he rushes with violence," Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Monday. "We didn't want to wait when we found an opportunity." Added Bears general manager Ryan Pace:  "We had some depth at the linebacker position and were able to reach an agreement with the Panthers to bring a 2016 draft pick to our team in exchange for Jared Allen. Whether it is acquiring additional picks or signing players, we will continue to be aggressive in finding ways to improve our football team. We appreciate Jared's contributions and wish him the best in Carolina." Allen is a five-time Pro Bowl selection who has 134 career sacks and 19 forced fumbles. Follow me on Twitter: @AaronWilson_NFL Aaron Wilson covers the Texans for The Houston Chronicle.
Aaron Wilson
Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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