Dec 15, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles (9) is sacked by Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen (69) during the fourth quarter at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Vikings defeated the Eagles 48-30. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland Raiders Miss On Deal With Jared Allen

It’s official, Defensive End Jared Allen is a Chicago Bear.  If there were every any questions about whether or not the Oakland Raiders went after Allen, they were answered by NFL Analyst Ian Rapoport.  Apparently the Oakland Raiders offered the most money to Allen, about $9 million a year, and he turned it down to play for the Bears.

So Jared Allen wanted to be paid and he chose less money.  More than likely there were two scenarios that played into his head.  First, Allen lives in Minnesota, and Chicago, IL, is only 416 miles away from his home (About a 6 hour drive).  I’m sure that played a big part in his decision, especially since he includes his wife in the decision-making process.  Second, he wanted to play for a contender, and apparently Allen doesn’t believe the Raiders will be contending for a Super Bowl anytime soon.

A lot of Raider Nation, along with myself, would have enjoyed the addition of Jared Allen, but we will have to watch him play in Chicago.


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  • David Phelan

    Personally, I find it refreshing to see players taking less money to play for a team that is more competitive at this point. To often, players go to the team that offers the most money and you rarely get what you pay for. I for one hope this trend continues.

  • Pridenpoise

    He does realize that Jay Cutler is the QB of the Bears.

  • IBIT

    How did the Raiders “miss out” on Jared Allen if they made him the best offer and he turned it down?

  • Julio Echeverria

    Good riddance. We need players commited to this team, not just for money. If he chose less cash to be closer to his family and try to win in the sunset of his career, then good for him, wish him the best. In the end, it works out for both sides. I honestly don’t think we need Allen. We can use another CB. We definitely could use another DT so ya, I’m not too concerned.

  • Shane Schilperoort

    Well, simply due to the fact that the Raiders were not attractive to Allen.

  • gary Adkins

    Allen is over rated glad wedidn’t throw money at him

  • IBIT

    To me, that says they lost out on Jared Allen. Not the same thing. Saying they “missed out” implies they didn’t even bother making a serious bid for him and he wound up in Chicago because they showed no interest.

  • Shane Schilperoort

    The fact remains that the deal Reggie McKenzie offered Jared Allen, $9 million a year, and it missed. Allen chose another place for less money based on his own personal views (i.e., competitive team, family, closer to home, etc…). The point is, the Raiders weren’t able to sign him. Right now I just feel like you and I are comparing Apples to Apples. I would have liked to see JA alongside Tuck, Smith, and Woodley. Unfortunately, that won’t happen. In my book the Raiders missed. In your book, the Raiders lost out on JA. Either way, he’s not going to be a Raider.

  • Raider Grant

    Players simply just don’t believe in McKenzie’s/Allen’s game plan. That’s why Veldheer/Houston bounced, no since of urgency to build a winning team. Can’t build through the draft with buster draft picks, while letting talent slide down to your conference competition(Keenan Allen 1 example). If Hayden & Watson don’t come to fruition as being worthy players this season, just proves McKenzie has no eye for talent & therefore has no reason to be making any type of decisions for The Raiders. For the sake of The Raiders & Raider Nation I hope McKenzie nails a A+ draft this year! Unfortunately, I don’t believe OUR franchise & fans should have to wait until the GM & Head Coach learn how to do their jobs. Any one can trim the fat, it takes talented person/people to draft talented personnel & I just don’t see that the Raider have acquired the talent to do so yet. We should be further along with rebuilding process! Go Raiders

  • Pridenpoise

    Let’s not act like the guy turned down 5 or 10 million dollars it was 1 million, hardly enough to make any difference in Allen’s life, who has made more than his fair share of millions.

  • Silvia Arredondo

    Sucks he didn’t pick us! Sucks for him we will show him! FTP!

  • Mike Gonzalez

    Just because the two parties didn’t come to agreement doesn’t mean the raiders “missed”. The raiders surely could have bought him. I guarantee if they offered twice as much as the bears, JA would be a raider right now. But they didn’t because they chose not to, not because they “missed”. Both parties made a decision how much his services were worth and JA weighed in other factors like you pointed out. It’s a business, and money is only part of the equation when making a business decision, inside and outside of the NFL.