Jared Allen has no hard feelings towards the Vikings, was never going to retire

jared allenBears defensive end Jared Allen made it clear during his press conference on Monday that he doesn’t have any hard feelings towards the Vikings for not trying to re-sign him this offseason.

“I don’t wish any ill-will against them, but I’m excited to be a Chicago Bear, I’m excited to play against them, I’m excited to still be in this division,” Allen said, via the Star Tribune. “It was time to move on. They got a direction they’re going, and we’ve got a direction we’re going.

“I wish them all the luck except to not have it against us. They’re another competitor now. They’re another team and that’s what it’s about.”

Allen also admitted he was never going to retire even though he threatened to do so if he didn’t get the kind of contract he was looking for.

“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 said. “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.”