NFL Rumors: Could Tampa Bay Buccaneers sign Jared Allen?

Dec 15, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen (69) against the Philadelphia Eagles at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Vikings defeated the Eagles 48-30. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

As the NFL trade deadline neared earlier this season, the Minnesota Vikings were reportedly this close to trading Pro Bowl talent, Jared Allen.

Alas, no deal was made and Allen remained with Minnesota for the remainder of the season.

No progress has been made on a potential new deal between the Vikings and Allen and with former coach Leslie Frazier recently accepting the defensive coordinator job with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, rumors have swirled that Allen could leave Minnesota for the Bucs:

Leslie Frazier’s presence on Lovie Smith’s staff could help the Bucs lure Jared Allen to Tampa if the Vikings allow him to hit free agency

It’s only speculation at this point, though Allen does make a lot of sense for Tampa who are in desperate need of a pass rusher.

Of course, Allen looked like a shell of his former self this season, though it’s hard to tell if that was a decline in skills or simply being affected by all of the trade talk/poor roster.

Topics: Jared Allen, Minnesota Vikings, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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  • Ramon Lang

    Allen done

  • Josh Thompson

    Of course they could….. If Jared Allen hits free agency, ANYONE can sign him. Is this the best you got? I know there are only a few teams left, but there had to be something relevant about one of those teams you could have written about.

  • Robert Watson

    SOme ppl just need a change n i think Allen has atleast 2 or 3 years left with 8
    + sacks. He was still in double digit sacks this year iirc . I for 1 would love to give hime a shot in Tampa.

  • Steve Batchelor

    The one thing about this past season that everyone seems to overlook in respect to Jared Allen is he still had double digit sacks without Kevin Williams since he was hurt…Meaning Jared had to look at having 2 blockers in his face more times than not. Playing next to McCoy has to look very inviting to Allen and with Frazier here I’d say the odds are 80/20 that we sign Allen.

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