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Thursday, December 17, 2009
Allen hiring could save Bucs big money

By Pat Yasinskas

As you would expect, today’s news that Bruce Allen is in and Vinny Cerrato is out as the main football man in Washington has set off a whole bunch of speculation about the possibility of Jon Gruden coaching the Redskins.

Both Ira Kaufman and Rick Stroud, who covered the Bucs on a daily basis during the Allen-Gruden days, write about all the logical reasons Gruden to the Redskins makes a lot of sense. He and Allen are very close and have worked together and had success in Oakland and Tampa Bay.

We’ll see how this plays out. But the most interesting NFC South angle to all this might be that the Glazer family that owns the Buccaneers could be off the hook for some or all of what Allen was owed after his firing. If Gruden ends up coaching again, the Glazers probably won’t be writing him any more checks. Details of the parting agreements of Allen and Gruden from the Bucs are not available. But, at the time of their firings, Gruden and Allen had a combined $15 million left on their contracts.