Chicago Bears linebackers moved on

Chicago Bears have traded veteran pass-rusher Jared Allen to the Carolina Panthers and fellow linebacker Jonathan Bostic to the New England Patriots.

The Bears, who are 0-3 for the first time since 2003, are already building for next season and beyond by accumulating more 2016 draft picks.

Reports have since shed more light on Allen's contract situation as he heads to the AFC South, with Chicago Bears paying $11.5m of his salary and the Panthers covering the remaining $823,000.

"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 confirmed.

"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."

Meanwhile, Bears head coach John Fox has insisted his squad are working hard to arrest their recent slump.

They have yet to win this season following defeats to the Green Bay Packers, Arizona Cardinals, and Seattle Seahawks, but Fox was able to bring some "good news" to the fans.

"We haven't won our first game yet and we're doing everything in our power to get that accomplished," Fox said.

"We've had three opportunities in the regular season and they haven't turned out like we expect.

"There's no doubt that those teams have beat some pretty good teams along the way and they are good football, teams. But this league's about winning no matter who you line up against, so we're still in that process. 

"We're missing some integral parts that hopefully, at some point, we get back. When that is, I don't know. I don't put timeframes on it.

"But the good news is that we've got to look at some people, some other guys and see how they react in those situations. And hopefully, we're learning some stuff that will help us moving forward."