Buccaneers Rumors: Jared Allen Free Agent Deal or Trade Up For Jadeveon Clowney In Draft Options In 2014?

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Feb 17, 2014 10:27 AM EST
South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney
South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney hits the helmet off of Michigan Wolverines running back Vincent Smith during their NCAA college football Outback Bowl game in Florida January 1, 2013.(Photo : Reuters) "

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers come into the offseason with new leadership with Lovie Smith at head coach and a new general manager and some potential targets includes Jared Allen as a free agent signing or a potential trade up deal to select Jadeveon Clowney in the draft heading into the 2014 season.

Over the past couple years the team has shown they have been willing to spend money and take some chances, including with Vincent Jackson and Darrelle Revis and now that could go down again with a player like Allen. The Vikings defensive end has had his production dip a bit over the past two seasons, but has has been a durable player and could fit in well with the Buccaneers defense under new head coach Lovie Smith. Having his old coach in Leslie Frazier on the staff could help that as well and even though he is 31, that means that two sides could come to a favorable deal on both sides.

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The Buccaneers gave up a first round pick last season for Revis and now they come into this draft with the seventh overall pick and if they feel strongly enough about Clowney, they could try and trade up to get him. The team ranked in the middle of the league in passing yards allowed per game last season and in the second half in sacks and while Clowney might have been the first overall pick last season, he could slip this year and if the Bucs want him bad enough, they could trade up.

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