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The Chicago Bears may have released fans favourite Julius Peppers in free agency, but they have managed to upgrade on the legendary defensive end.

To fill the gap that Peppers has left, the Bears have signed former Minnesota Vikings man Jared Allen.

And it seems like the Bears managed to beat out current Super Bowl champions the Seattle Seahawks to capture the 31-year old.

The 6ft 6in, 265 pound end has signed a four year deal at Soldier Field that will pay him $32 million dollars.

Allen seemed happy about the move - anyone would be after moving from an abysmal team like the Vikings to a genuine playoff contender.

"I'm excited," Allen wrote in a text message to USA TODAY. "I have been blessed to (play) for some amazing franchise(s) and the Good Lord has blessed me again."

The Bears defense was woeful last season, coming near the bottom of the list in every defensive category, but they have made moves to change that in the off-season.

Allen is one of four new defensive lineman to join Chicago in this off-season, on top of several additions to the safety position.

Allen led the NFL in sacks in the 2007 and 2011 seasons, when he recorded 22, just half a completion shy of  Hall of Famer Michael Strahan's single-season league record.

Allen was selected by the Chiefs in the fourth round of the 2004 draft, coming out of Idaho State University. He was traded to the Vikings in 2008 in exchange for a first-round pick, two third-round picks and a swap of sixth-round selections.

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