Rand: Allen not the first Viking to finish on Bears defensive line

  • Article by: MICHAEL RAND , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 27, 2014 - 9:27 AM
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Alan Page bore down on Green Bay quaterback Carlos Brown in 1976. Jim Marshall is No. 70.

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 know — 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:

Vikings history

Page: 11 full seasons, including 1971 NFL MVP award

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

Year he joined the Bears

Page: 1978

Allen: 2014

What happened?

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

Allen: 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

What really happened?

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

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

How much did it cost?

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

Allen: Deal with the Bears is reportedly for four years and $32 million, with $15.5 million guaranteed.

The quote

On Page: “Alan can no longer meet the standard he set for himself. He just can’t make the plays anymore.” — Grant, upon Page’s release, according to the SI story.

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