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Gruden, Allen Receive Extensions

          Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Jon Gruden 

An expected move took place this week as Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Jon Gruden and general manager Bruce Allen have been signed to three-year contract extensions; the extensions will keep Gruden and Allen in Tampa through the 2011 season.  Financial details of the extensions are unavailable, but one can expect that both Gruden and Allen will probably receive raises.

Gruden has shown the ability to rebound from poor seasons, evidenced by Tampa Bay bouncing back from a 5-11 record in 2004 to grab an 11-5 mark in 2005.  Also, in 2007, Tampa noitched a 9-7 record despite their 4-12 record in 2006.  Buccaneers fans can only hope that the “yo-yo” effect doesn’t repeat itself in 2008.  Allen is generally credited for reshaping the Bucs’ roster since he came on the scene in 2004; Allen helped the team put itself under the salary-cap, and as a result, should have a surplus of cash in hand this spring. 

While there were some questionable picks under Allen, some gems were discovered.  Good examples of decent picks under Allen’s watch were: guard Arron Sears and safety Tanard Jackson.  Now that Gruden and Allen are under contract, it should be interesting what both of them can find at the Senior Bowl and also at the 2008 NFL Draft.

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