Dec 29, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen (97) sacks Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) in the fourth quarter at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Vikings win 14-13. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Free Agency: Quick Notes on Jared Allen, Pass Rusher Prices and More

The “legal tampering” window for the NFL’s free agency period has been quite active so far, with some big stories breaking and interesting moves already being made. Let’s take a look at some of Sunday’s biggest stories, and see how they relate to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

  • Everson Griffen, a former Leslie Frazier player in Minnesota, has re-signed with the Vikings. He didn’t start last season, but played frequently and was a versatile defensive lineman. Adam Schefter reported that Griffen is set to earn $42.5 million over five years, setting the bar fairly high for other pass rushers the Buccaneers may wish to pursue.
  • One of those pass rushers, and the player that Griffen is replacing, is former Viking Jared Allen, who reportedly has a list of five teams he’s considering. The problem for Bucs’ fans? Allen is looking for a place to “contend” in the near future. He may not see Tampa as that sort of destination.
  • Curious why things have been quite at One Buc Place? Roy Cummings suspects it’s because the Buccaneers are looking to make trades. Rick Stroud reported that Davin Joseph was only released after trade attempts failed, so don’t be surprised to see more players shopped and then cut if no trade is found.
  • One player the Buccaneers cannot trade is linebacker Dekoda Watson, who is set to meet with Jason Licht and company on Monday, according to Greg Auman. Auman speculates that Watson will be coveted by other teams, and will likely test the market, but the Bucs will have a chance to keep him if they wish.
  • Antonio Cromartie, a teammate of Darrelle Revis’ in New York, has been released by the Jets. Cromartie wasn’t the same player in 2013 as he was in 2012, but for the right price, I could see a Revis/Cro reunion in Tampa Bay if Charles Tillman and other veteran options don’t pan out.
  • Finally, Bucs “target” Branden Albert is apparently all set to sign with the Dolphins as soon as free agency begins. Albert isn’t a player we found appealing here at the Pewter Plank, and given the Dolphins’ need for OL help, he’s a much better fit there than to replace Donald Penn in Tampa. Still look for the Buccaneers to pursue a left tackle, either via free agency or the draft.

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