Jared Allen: 'I was never going to retire'

Chicago Bears defensive end Jared Allen admits that he was never planning to retire from the NFL if he didn't get the right offer during free agency.

Chicago Bears defensive end Jared Allen has admitted that he never planned to retire from the NFL if he didn't get the deal he wanted during free agency.

The 31-year-old visited with the Seattle Seahawks and was reportedly close to a deal with the Denver Broncos, before he finally decided to pen a four-year deal with the Bears.

"It was never my intent but my point was that if I was going to throw my cleats and pads on for a team that had no chance," Allen told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

"They're rebuilding at this point in your career and you're laying it all out there because I still feel like I'm the best at what I do. If not the [best], one of.

"There's always a threshold that I had to excess and say, 'Is it worth going below this?' But that was kind of my process going through. It was never, 'Oh, if I don't get X amount of dollars, I'm walking away.' That was never the case."

Allen recorded 52 tackles and 11.5 sacks for the Minnesota Vikings last season.

Jared Allen #69 of the Minnesota Vikings reacts on the sidelines during the third quarter of the game against the Tennessee Titans on August 29, 2013
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