(CBS) At his introductory press conference Monday afternoon at Halas Hall, newly signed Bears defensive end Jared Allen cited the team’s ability to win immediately as a major reason he signed with Chicago.
Allen signed a four-year, $32 million deal last week, with $15.5 million guaranteed.
“I’ve played against this offense enough to know it’s very potent and deadly,” said Allen, who turns 32 next month. “And so for me, I’m excited to be here, excited to be a part of what coach (Marc Trestman) is trying to look for.
“It’s a cool feeling going into the offseason knowing you have the chance to win. In the NFL, as players, all we ask for is a chance to win every game you’re in. I’ve been on teams where we didn’t have that chance, and those are tough times.
“My excitement comes with being here knowing that there’s going to be opportunities to play some great defense, and there’s going to be opportunities to win multiple, multiple games and obviously the sky’s the limit.
“I want to believe in what I’m playing for and who I’m playing for, and that’s why I’m here. I really do, I believe in the philosophies the coaches are offering … and the product they’re putting on the field.”
Allen also said he has no lingering issues from a shoulder surgery in 2013 that some thoughts may have slowed him last season. Allen had 11.5 sacks last season and has had 10 sacks in seven straight years.
“I’m in great shape,” Allen said.
Bears general manager Emery called Allen “a relentless player.”
“High-energy player, successful in all areas of his life,” Emery said.