32-Year-Old Defensive End – Chicago Bears
2014 Fantasy Football Outlook
Allen turned 32 in April, and it's reasonable to suspect he's in the midst of his decline. Of course, when you're a player with 128.5 sacks in 10 years, even an in-decline version of yourself is proba...
Jared Allen Contract Information:
Signed a four-year, $32 million contract with the Bears in March 2014. Deal includes $15.5 million in guaranteed money.
Allen (shoulder) returned to practice Monday, ESPNChicago.com reports.
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Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Allen's absence was likely just precautionary, as a player of his stature has little to gain by playing an exhibition game at less than optimal health. Expect him to return to action next week for the team's final preseason game, though he likely won't play more than a series or two.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)The Bears outbid the Seahawks for Allen's services, keeping the defensive end in the NFC North. Essentially a replacement for the departed Julius Peppers, Allen will be expected to replicate the impressive production as a pass rusher that he posted with the Vikings the last several seasons. Allen has recorded double-digit sacks in eight of his NFL campaigns and has shown the ability to chip in on defending the run as well, with at least 50 total tackles in three of his last four seasons. The latter point isn't insignificant considering the Bears defense gave up a league-worst 5.3 yards per carry in 2013.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)The 31-year-old Allen, who finished the 2013 season with 11.5 sacks and 52 tackles for the Vikings, has stated that he wants to play in 2014, but at this stage it appears as though he's not inclined to do so at a discounted rate of pay.
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Although he was a slight disappointment in 2012 with just 46 tackles and 12 sacks, it's safe to bet on Allen improving his numbers in 2013. The addition of first-round pick defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd and the continued development of fellow end Everson Griffen should allow Allen to see more collapsed pockets than in recent years, and the addition of first-round press corner Xavier Rhodes alone could result in an extra coverage sack or two in 2013. In addition to the improved supporting cast, Allen will have his odds aided by the fact that he'll be recovered from the torn shoulder labrum through which he played in 2012. Allen is a player who depends on his violent hands as much as his athleticism, so playing with a gimpy shoulder no doubt hurt his effectiveness last year.
It is fair to wonder at this point whether Jared Allen is a Hall of Famer. He finished 2011 with 66 tackles (48 solo) and 22 sacks, as well as one safety, one interception and four forced fumbles. It's difficult to grasp just how disruptive Allen is, but perhaps the fact that he has four safeties and four interceptions in the last four years effectively makes the illustration. He has 105 sacks the last eight years, including 62 in his four years as a Viking. Allen is an exceptional talent whose surrounding conditions rarely amount to anything significant Ė Allen dominates, and he does it no matter who is playing next to him. Like all NFC North defensive linemen, Allen benefits from the pass-happy nature of the Packers and Lions offenses Ė neither of which counters Allen's presence with an especially skilled group of offensive tackles. The bottom line with Allen, though, is that he is a blue chip IDP and a justifiable first selection among defensive linemen. He is matchup-proof and situation-proof (he recorded at least half a sack in all but three games last season), and he's perennially among the top candidates to lead the league in sacks.
Allen's overall numbers were once again of standout quality, but 2010 was a bit of an off year for him. His 60 tackles (45 solo) were his most since arriving in Minnesota, but the 11 sacks were his fewest since his 7.5-sack season in 2006. In addition, he had only one forced fumble, his lowest total since his 2004 rookie season. Allen also made things tough on fantasy owners by recording only sack through the first seven games. But for those of his owners who made the fantasy playoffs, Allen went on a well-timed tear of 10 sacks in the last nine games, salvaging a season that was close to going down as a career worst. But with four straight years of at least 11 sacks and 22 career forced fumbles, Allen should not be doubted. The explosive and powerful rusher remains one of the league's elite.
Allen has been the picture of consistency the last three years, tallying 14.5 or more sacks and 51 or more tackles each season, and missing just two games in that span. He was also consistent week-to-week last year, going as many as two games without a sack just twice. Last season, he even gave owners a nice little bonus ó the second interception of his career and his first NFL touchdown. Still just 28, Allen should continue to be one of the most productive linemen in any fantasy format this season. Allenís off-field behavior will always be a concern; with alcohol-related incidents in his past, any transgression would likely draw a significant smack-down from Commissioner Goodellís office. But the bigger issue this season could be the possibility of suspensions for Viking interior linemen Pat and Kevin Williams for PED violations. Losing those big DTs could allow opposing linemen to double Allen more often, which might hurt his overall numbers. However, at press time it appears that a court injunction will allow the Williamsí to play a full schedule this season.
Allen is an elite pass rusher Ė but his acquisition was something of a risk for Minnesota; he was suspended for two games in 2007 after a DUI incident. Thus far, the move has panned out. Allen followed up his breakout 15.5-sack 2007 season with 15 in his first season in purple. But heís no one-dimensional pass-rusher. Allen has posted healthy tackle numbers every season since his second in the league, including a career-high 77 in 2006. Playing alongside Minnesotaís outstanding DT tandem of Pat Williams and Kevin Williams means offensive lines canít double Allen nearly as much as his talent demands Ė and that means quarterbacks will spend a lot of time flat on their backs when playing the Vikings. One concern is that another alcohol-related incident would result in a stiff suspension. Another concern is that both Pat and Kevin Williams could be suspended for the first four games of the season for violating the NFLís anti-doping policy.
Allen led the NFL with 15.5 sacks in 2007, achieved in only 14 games because of a two-game suspension for driving under the influence. Allen made 64 tackles last year after a career-high 77 in 2006. He has at least nine sacks in three of his four NFL seasons and at least 57 tackles in each of the last three. Allen was traded from Kansas City to Minnesota in April and signed a six-year, $74 million deal (more than $31 million guaranteed) that is the richest in NFL history for a defensive player. The Vikings have perhaps the league's best defensive line, which figures to free Allen for plenty of sack and tackle opportunities. The only knock on Allen is his history of off-the-field problems. He is one DUI away from a one-year suspension but claims heís been alcohol-free for more than a year.
Entering his fourth NFL season, Allen has the on-the-field aspect of professional football under control. Itís once the cleats are off that Allen starts running into problems. Multiple DUI arrests, a contract dispute and a league suspension that will hold him out of the seasonís first two games cloud Allenís 2007 status. However, he maintains that he has been alcohol-free for several months now, and since he will be playing for a big-money deal next offseason, Allen will have plenty of motivation. His sack total dipped to 7.5 last season, but Allenís 77 tackles (65 solo) are elite for a defensive end. Youíll need to find an alternative for the first two weeks of the year, but once Allen returns, his disruptiveness of the edge will make him an elite IDP once again.
Allen got to start midway through 2004 and hasnít looked back. In the second half of that rookie campaign, he went on a tear of five sacks in six games that put the league on notice the Chiefs had found a winner in the fourth round. He sure delivered on the promise last year, turning in a season topped by just five other defensive linemen. Donít expect him to take any plays off: this guy is relentless whether itís the pass rush or run pursuit. For leagues that count passes defended and forced fumbles, Allen posted five passes defended and forced seven fumbles. Heís doing it all on a team whose next best sacker was Eric Hicks with four. Just imagine if he got some help.
Allen burst onto the NFL scene last season, leading the Chiefs with nine sacks in his rookie campaign. Entering this year as the team's starting right defensive end, Allen has the talent to improve his numbers in his second season. A great pass rusher, Allen should be the defensive line's biggest fantasy contributor.
A fourth round pick in the 2004 draft, Allen's greatest impact will probably be limited to special teams contributions and little else.