New defensive end Jared Allen got to hit the field with his new team last week. Allen took part in OTAs and talked to the media to discuss him joining the Bears.
“I think change is good if you allow it to be good,” said Allen. “It definitely energizes you.”
Allen knew it was time to move on from Minnesota. He visited the Seattle Seahawks but ultimately left without a deal. Now Allen wants to go out and prove he’s more than just a big name on a new team.
“I don’t want to be that guy who they feel like ‘we shouldn’t have got him,'” Allen said. “When I signed, I wasn’t going to be that guy that wasn’t worth the money. My motivation to be the best at what I do is a self-motivation; it’s probably more of a fear of failing than it is necessarily striving to be the best.”
“I just want guys, when I leave this league, I want them to say, ‘he did it the right way, he gave everything he had, and not one day he was stealing checks.’ So that’s what motivates me; that’s what energizes me.”
Allen is a five-time Pro Bowl player with 128.5 career sacks.