JARED ALLEN ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT: Jared Allen called it a career and rode off into the sunset after 12 illustrious seasons in the NFL. Carolina acquired the veteran via trade from the Chicago Bears after Week 3 of the 2015 season, returning him to his more natural role as a defensive end in a 4-3 scheme. He started 12 games and recorded 25 tackles, two sacks and 16 quarterback pressures as a member of Carolina’s defensive line rotation. "I am thankful for the opportunity and thankful that they brought me over from Chicago," Allen said during the postseason. "I have never been in a locker room like this, I have been in ones close to it, but this one takes it to a whole different level. When I got here I could just tell that it was special and there was a different feeling. You just want to do anything to fit in and help and I’ve always said this whole year, it has been a humbling experience for me." READ MORE
ALLEN'S FINAL BREAKDOWN: Watch exclusive footage of Allen's message to the Panthers after the final practice of his career prior to Super Bowl 50.
REPLACING ALLEN: Brandon Croce of Scout.com looks at how Allen's retirement will impact the Panthers' offseason plans. READ MORE
EDLEMAN SALUTES ALLEN: Patriots wide receiver Julian Edleman praised Allen's NFL career and hairstyle. READ MORE
ORLOVSKY THANKS ALLEN: Quarterback Dan Orlovsky congratulated Allen on a great career, recalling a memorable moment both players shared. READ MORE
ALLEN THROUGH THE YEARS: View photos of Allen in action with the Chiefs, Vikings, Bears and Panthers during his 12 season NFL career. VIEW PHOTOS
PANTHERS REACT TO ALLEN'S RETIREMENT: Several players took to social media to pay respect to Jared Allen after his retirement announcement.
Kawann Short(@kk_mr93) February 19, 2016
Congrats on an incredible career! It was a pleasure playing with you this season! https://t.co/zzExtEyH2d— AJ Klein (@AJKlein47) February 18, 2016
I didn't know him for very long but having my locker right next to @JaredAllen69 this season was an awesome experience. Best of luck bro!—
Chas Alecxih(@BigSpurts98) February 18, 2016
1 of the best 2 ever play... Privilege 2 have u as a teammate and a friend. God bless u in the next season of life https://t.co/pU8XpP5grF—
Charles Tillman(@peanuttillman) February 18, 2016