The Bruce Allen era as general manager of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Bruce Allen era

Five great moves

• In 2004, Allen dealt disgruntled WR Keyshawn Johnson to Dallas for veteran Joey Galloway. Johnson had 12 touchdowns in two seasons in Dallas and retired a year later; Galloway has had 28 touchdowns in five seasons in Tampa Bay, with three 1,000-yard seasons.

• Allen saw something in WR Antonio Bryant, who was out of football in 2007. Bryant, left, had a breakout 2008 season, with 83 catches for 1,248 yards and seven touchdowns. Same for DE Greg White, who went from the Arena Football League to 13 sacks in the past two seasons.

• Allen leaves the Bucs in a far better salary cap situation than he did Oakland, in part because he has been able to cut ties with veteran players whose best days were behind them, something he didn't do with the Raiders.

• QB Jeff Garcia had played for four teams in four seasons when the Bucs signed him. He has been a leader in his two seasons, with 25 touchdowns and just 10 interceptions.

• Best draft pick? Could be LB Barrett Ruud, a second-rounder in 2005, or S Tanard Jackson, who has started all 32 games since he was picked in the fourth round in 2007.

Five not-so-great moves

• Big contracts for veterans past their prime. RB Charlie Garner, OL Todd Steussie, OL Derrick Deese in 2004 were the biggest names to disappoint after expensive signings.

• The entire 2004 draft? When first-round WR Michael Clayton, left, with two TDs in the past four years, is your best pick, it's a rough draft.

• Giving QB Chris Simms a two-year contract with $5 million guaranteed after he suffered a ruptured spleen in 2006. He played in just three games in those two years.

• Picking WR/KR Dexter Jackson in the second round last year. Jackson, left, was active in just seven games, with zero receptions. Philadelphia's DeSean Jackson, drafted nine spots earlier, had 62 catches for 912 yards.

• Overall inefficiency. Of his 51 draft picks since 2004, only 23 were still with the Bucs at the end of the 2008 season. Of 33 unrestricted and restricted free agents signed under Allen, 17 weren't on the opening day roster in 2008.

The beginning

Allen joined the Bucs in January 2004 after nine years with the Raiders, including three division titles. He was reunited with Jon Gruden, Oakland's coach from 1998-2001. Allen's first NFL stint was as a 12th-round draft pick of the Baltimore Colts in 1978 after playing as a punter at Richmond. He is the son of Hall of Fame coach George Allen.

The Bruce Allen era as general manager of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 01/16/09 [Last modified: Friday, January 16, 2009 10:53pm]

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