The Jared Allen RiddleJanuary 8th, 2014
Maybe it is because Joe has not had any sleep and has to catch a flight to the frigid north in nine hours, but Joe is starting to warm to the idea of the Bucs chasing veteran defensive end Jared Allen.
(Joe better start warming to something. The temperature is hovering around 16 degrees where Joe is headed.)
The legendary Vikings sackmaster will be a free agent in a handful of weeks. Joe knows fans want him but Joe is cautious. Allen has seen better days. This is not 2004, but 2014. Just how much gas does Allen have left in his tank.
Then Joe read the Twitterings of the Custodian of Canton, the eye-RAH! Kaufman of the Tampa Tribune, breaking down why Allen should and very well could be a target of the Bucs.
@IKaufmanTBO: 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. … Yes, Jared Allen turns 32 in April, but he posted 6.5 sacks in December for the Vikes to run his streak of double-digit sack seasons to 7
Man, if the Bucs had any player that could post 6.5 sacks in a month, they would party like Red Lightning.
Joe is starting to see the light. The Bucs need someone, anyone, to bring heat off the edge, which would rally free up Gerald McCoy. Allen still has the juice. Minnesota is rebuilding and may not want to throw around cash to keep Allen.
The thought of a defensive end getting 6.5 sacks in the month of December may just be enough for Joe to forget the cold this week.