Carolina Panthers acquire Jared Allen in trade with Chicago Bears

The Carolina Panthers have acquired veteran pass-rusher Jared Allen from the Chicago Bears, pending a physical.

Allen is flying to Carolina to take the physical, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Fox Sports originally reported news of the trade.

The Bears will pay $11.5 million of Allen's salary, while the Panthers will pay him $823,000, sources told ESPN. The Bears will get a conditional sixth-round pick in 2016 for the veteran, a source told ESPN senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen.

The move comes on the same day the Panthers announced that defensive end Charles Johnson will miss this week's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with a severe hamstring injury.

"Allen is a pass rushing specialist -- he rushes with violence," Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Monday. "We didn't want to wait when we found an opportunity."

The Bears also say they saw an opportunity to improve.

"We had some depth at the linebacker position and were able to reach an agreement with the Panthers to bring a 2016 draft pick to our team in exchange for Jared Allen," Bears general manager Ryan Pace said. "Whether it is acquiring additional picks or signing players, we will continue to be aggressive in finding ways to improve our football team.

"We appreciate Jared's contributions and wish him the best in Carolina."

Allen, a five-time Pro Bowl selection, transitioned from defensive end to outside linebacker in the offseason to fit Chicago's new 3-4 style of defense. The 33-year old pass-rusher won a starting job in the preseason, but never looked comfortable operating out of a two-point stance.

Allen was credited with one assisted tackle in 30 snaps in Chicago's 26-0 loss to Seattle on Sunday. His best play of the year occurred in Week 2 when Allen intercepted a Carson Palmer pass near the line of scrimmage.

Since entering the NFL in 2004, Allen leads the NFL in sacks (134.0), fumble recoveries (19) and disrupted dropbacks (161.0), according to ESPN Stats & Info.