Could Frazier be reunited with DE Jared Allen?
New Bucs defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier said that in today's "pass-happy" NFL, it's "extremely important" to have an impactful pass rusher off the edge.
Those guys are rare, Frazier admits, but he had one in Minnesota in DE Jared Allen, who has seven straight seasons with 11 or more sacks.
And with the Bucs possibly seeking a pass rusher in the offseason, Allen is set to become a free agent. Allen will likely be costly, earning $14.3 million last season, but it'll be interesting to see if his ties to Frazier make the Bucs a potential landing spot.
“We have a great relationship, have a lot of respect for Jared as a player and as a man,” Frazier said of Allen. “He did a lot to help me when I was a defensive coordinator, have a lot of respect for him, let’s see what happens with his future.”
Allen, 31, has been with Frazier since 2008, and has a lot of respect for his former coach.
"Coach Frazier worked our butts off," Allen told the St. Paul Pioneer-Press after Frazier's firing. "Coach Frazier wasn't always just smiles and everything like that. But he's a good human being. That's the important thing. I'll always remember what Coach Frazier did for me off the field. He helped me grow as a man and for that I'll always be thankful."