Former Minnesota Vikings-and-now-Chicago-Bears defensive end Jared Allen will continue to wreak havoc within the NFC North. Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports photograph

Jared Allen to the Chicago Bears: What it means for the Green Bay Packers, NFC North


 

 

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 …

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  • Erik Lambert

    This is going to be a fun year.

  • Ken Lafayette

    Black and Blue again? Not likely with the rules committee turning the game into touch football

  • billy

    Not good…wish he would of signed outside the division….as crappy as the Bears were last year we barely eked out a split with them on a miracle play…..it appears they’ve improved a lot on defense…have to wait and see….resigning B.J. Raji sure isn’t a big splash in F/A unless he completely turns his game around and enjoys football again..

  • David Crosby

    Allen and Peppers to the Pack that has to make you guys happy. Sure they’re on the older side but both are still dangerous guys who will be great locker room leaders and teach the youngens right. As a Viking I say enjoy Jared he’s a good guy I just hope he stinks vs us. Congrats you got one of ours finally no wait 2 with Guion although he’s kinda eh.

  • Peter Maiz

    Well all these moves are all we needed. TT should realize that it takes spending to match your adversaries.