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Wednesday Round-Up: Jared Allen agrees with Chicago Bears; Five rule changes pass at League Meeting

Posted Mar 26, 2014

A morning link round-up of what's "out there" about your Seattle Seahawks

Good morning, 12th Man. Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Wednesday, March 26  - about your Seattle Seahawks:

The decision is in. The Chicago Bears announced early Wednesday morning that they had agreed to terms with 31-year-old defensive end Jared Allen on a four-year contract. Allen, who has racked up 85.5 sacks the past six seasons in the NFC North with the Minnesota Vikings, had made free-agent visits to the Seahawks and Dallas Cowboys this offseason and according to general manager John Schneider was still in play for Seattle as of Tuesday morning. For the Bears, Allen replaces veteran pass rusher Julius Peppers, who signed with the division rival Green Bay Packers after Chicago released him this offseason.

"We're really excited about adding Jared to our football team," Bears coach Marc Trestman told ChicagoBears.com. "We know what his abilities bring to the table. Jared is certainly a very experienced player in the league. We believe he's going to come in hungry and excited to be part of our football team, and we believe he'll fit right in with the other new players that we've added and the guys that are already on the defensive side of the ball. I know that our defensive coaches are excited as well."

NFL owners voted to change five rules, turned down three proposals, and tabled five more today at the NFL Annual Meeting in Orlando, Fla. Moving the ball back to the 25-yard-line on extra points has been voted down, but the NFL will test the idea during Week 1 and 2 of the preseason, when they'll spot the ball at the 20-yard-line for points after touchdowns. Field goal post uprights will be extended by five feet to allow officials to better determine whether a high-sailing kick is good or no good. The "NoVorro Bowman Rule" has passed, meaning the recovery of a loose ball in the field of play can now be reviewed. And we should see many more returns from wide receiver Percy Harvin, as moving the kickoff up to the 40-yard-line has been voted down.

Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com has 15 things we learned from Tuesday at the Annual League Meeting. A few things of note from Rosenthal - the NFL voted to expand replay use, allowing referees to consult with the officiating department in New York when reviewing replays; "Roll up" blocks to the side of a players leg have been banned, further emphasizing player safety; and dunking the football over the crossbar will result in a penalty starting in 2014.

NFL player and media reaction to the "No Dunking" rule was swift. Seahawks linebacker Malcolm Smith pointed out he will go down in history as the last player to legally dunk the football over the crossbar, after his  69-yard interception return for a touchdown in the team's 43-8 victory over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII this past February.

Jeffri Chadiha, who recently pushed pause on the Seahawks dynasty talk in a piece for ESPN.com, joined 710 AM ESPN Seattle's "Brock and Danny" on Tuesday to explain in greater detail how hard it will be for Seattle to repeat as Super Bowl champions in 2014. The audio from Chadiha's conversation with Huard and O'Neil is embedded below.

710 AM ESPN Seattle's "Bob and Groz" also weigh in on Chadiha's argument in this short video.

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson will have his jersey honored by North Carolina State University at their spring football game on April 12, paying tribute to his college career with the Wolfpack. Wilson and former Wolfpack defensive end turned Buffalo Bill Mario Williams will have their numbers up in Carter-Finley Stadium and any player that dons Wilson's collegiate No. 16 or Williams' No. 9 will need to wear a patch that honors the respective players legacy.

Quarterback Russell Wilson has also advanced to the second round of NFL.com's NCAA Tournament-themed "Greatest Quarterback of All-Time" bracket. He's now up against Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers after securing 60 percent of the vote in round one against the Denver Broncos' Peyton Manning. Voting for round two ends Friday, March 28.

Here at Seahawks.com, Digital Media Writer Clare Farnsworth tells us Jacob Green, Edwin Bailey and Manu Tuiasosopo - teammates on the Seahawks’ first playoff team - are set to be inducted into a trio of Hall of Fames. Farnsworth also remembers Ralph Wilson, founder and owner of the Buffalo Bills, who died Tuesday at age 95.

Did I miss anything you think is worthy of inclusion? Let me know on Twitter @TonyDrovetto