CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Carolina Panthers say they’ve acquired veteran defensive end Jared Allen from the Chicago Bears in exchange for a future late-round draft pick.
The trade will become official once Allen passes a physical, team spokesman Steven Drummond told The Associated Press.
FoxSports first reported the trade.
The Panthers felt the move was necessitated after their top pass rusher Charles Johnson went down with a hamstring injury in Sunday’s 27-22 win over the New Orleans Saints.
The Panthers lost their other top pass rusher Greg Hardy this past offseason when he signed with the Dallas Cowboys as a free agent.
Allen has 134 career sacks during his 12 seasons, but his sack production has slowed since joining the Chicago Bears and their 3-4 defense last season. He’ll play in a more familiar 4-3 scheme with Carolina.