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Report: Bucs talk trade for Chiefs DE Allen



The Bucs have held talks with the Kansas City Chiefs about trading for NFL sack leader Jared Allen.

Allen told that he anticipates a deal with the Vikings or Bucs could get done prior to next week's draft.

""It's a situation that works out best for both sides,'' Allen told the website. ""I can go to a team that is competing for a championship right now. The Chiefs can get valuable draft picks to rebuild with.''

Allen said he will visit with the Vikings in Minnesota this weekend and is tentatively scheduled to meet with the Bucs next week. The Jaguars also have expressed an interest.

Allen, a Pro Bowl defensive end who is the Chiefs' franchise player, would come with a steep price in terms of salary and draft picks as compensation. A package of first and second-round picks and first and third-round picks have been discussed.

Allen led the NFL with 15.5 sacks last season and has forced 13 fumbles in the past three seasons. He also comes with some off-field issues. He was suspended the first two games of last season for substance abuse violations, including a pair of DUI arrests.  

The Bucs have wanted to upgrade their pass rush and took a step in that direction last year by selecting defensive end Gaines Adams.



[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:00pm]


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