The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will not be signing defensive end Jared Allen this offseason, according to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times (via Gil Arcia). The Bucs are reportedly "not an option" for Jared Allen, tho the team have made finding a pass-rushing force at defensive end a priority. An earlier report linked the Bucs to Michael Johnson, instead.
A pursuit of Jared Allen would have been a mixed bag at best, anyway. While Allen managed to put 11.5 sacks last year, he graded out as one of the very worst defensive ends in the NFL for Pro Football Focus, in part due to his abysmal performance in run defense. Signing Allen would be no slam dunk -- but then that's true of any other free agent signing, too.
We'll see how much truth there is to each of these rumors tomorrow, when free agency gets going at 4 PM ET. Meanwhile, teams and agents are allowed to speak and discuss options, but no real negotiations can take place until free agency opens officially.