The National Football League has been known as a copycat league and nothing underscores that better than the announcement this morning that Jared Allen had signed a four year, $32 million contract with the Chicago Bears.
First it was the Minnesota Vikings who made a big splash in free agency with the signings of Linval Joseph, Tom Johnson, and Corey Wootton, and the re-signing of Everson Griffen; then came the Green Bay Packers with their re-signing of B.J. Raji and their impact free agency signing of former Chicago Bears DE Julius Peppers.
But the Bears have been just as active and capped it off with the signing of the former Vikings king of the mullett, Allen. With their release of Peppers, the Bears have also tried to bolster its defensive line by adding DE Trevor Scott, DT Nate Collins, DE Lamarr Houston, DE Willie Young, while bringing back DL Israel Idonije.
So, what does this mean for the Green Bay Packers?
Well, it means that the teams in the NFC North – Packers included – are tired of being run and passed on and are doing everything they can to beef up their front defensive lines.
How will the Packers react?
My guess is that they will look to the draft to bolster their offensive line in an attempt to counteract what is going on around them.
We congratulate the Chicago Bears on signing Allen and upping the ante on defensive domination in the NFC North. Of course, as Packers fans, we hope he fails miserably, but as fans of football, we welcome the challenge and the changes that are happening everywhere. It surely keeps the interest high as we head into the 2014 season.
It also brings to mind years gone by when the NFC Central was the Black and Blue Division.
Can we get back to those days?
It looks like we’ve got a good start.
Stay tuned …