The Chicago Bears, two days on from their third defeat of the young NFL season, appear to have hit the panic button.
The NFC North franchise have traded two defensive players in the last few hours, with Jonathan Bostic and Jared Allen heading to the New England Patriots and Carolina Panthers, respectively.
Allen's departure, in particular, was something of a surprise but now, courtesy of NFL Insider Jay Glazer, the motivation behind the Bears' decision has become clear.
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Chicago transitioned to a 3-4 defense when John Fox and his staff came in over the offseason, and it looks like, just three games into the 2015 campaign, they have seen enough to realize Allen is unable to fulfill the standup OLB role that is required in the system.
Now 33-years-old, and having made his name as a defensive end, many will argue that this outcome was always likely.
Allen only arrived in Chicago ahead of the 2014 season and his exit less than two years on will come at a heavy price for the Soldier Field franchise.
The Bears will pay $11.5 million of Allen's 2015 salary, whilst Carolina will contribute just $823,000.
In return, the Panthers have sent a sixth-round draft pick Chicago's way.
Bears general manager, Ryan Pace, offered his own take on the trade move:
"We had some depth at the linebacker position and were able to reach an agreement with the Panthers to bring a 2016 draft pick to our team in exchange for Jared Allen."
Bears fans: Do you agree with this trade, and how can your team save their 2015 season? Have your say in the comments below...
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