Allen not first to finish a Bear

  • Updated: March 26, 2014 - 8:50 PM

Hall of Famer Alan Page, left, and possible future Hall of Famer Jared Allen both left the Vikings to join the Bears.

Jared Allen and the Bears agreed on a four-year contract Wednesday, keeping him in the NFC North and setting up what should be some interesting twice-a-season matchups against the Vikings. What you might not now — or perhaps forgot — is that another famous Vikings defensive lineman, Alan Page, also joined the Bears late in his career, albeit under much difference circumstances. Let’s take a look at both:

Alan Page

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Jared Allen

11 full seasons, including 1971 NFL MVP award

Vikings history

Six seasons, with double-digit sack totals in all of them

1978

Year he joined Bears

2014

Cut by Vikings at age 33 six games into 1978 season after starting 160 consecutive games in purple. Joined Bears for rest of season.

What happened?

A free agent after 2013, Allen’s age (soon to be 32) and price tag made him expendable, and he wound up signing with the Bears

Lost weight after starting a jogging regimen and was deemed ineffective by Vikings coach Bud Grant, cementing acrimony.

Hold up, what really happened?

Nothing more than was reported on the surface. When the Vikings signed Everson Griffen, the writing was on the wall.

The Bears nabbed Page for a $100 waiver fee. “A hundred dollars more than the Vikings deserved,” Page told SI in 1979.

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