TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Tampa Bay's worst-to-first turnaround in the
NFC South has earned coach Jon Gruden and general manager Brice
Allen three-year contract extensions.
Gruden had one year left on a contract that was extended after
the Buccaneers won the Super Bowl five seasons ago.
Allen is also under contract for another four seasons.
The Bucs rebounded from a 4-and-12 finish in 2006 to go 9-and-8
and win the division title this season -- the team's third in six
years. Gruden is 48-and-48 in the regular season and 3-and-2 in the
playoffs since moving to Tampa Bay from Oakland in 2002.
Allen, who also worked with Gruden in Oakland, joined the Bucs
in 2004. He inherited a tight salary-cap situation that made it
difficult to compete for top-tier free agents until last winter,
when the team landed quarterback Jeff Garcia.
The Bucs overcame numerous key injuries to escape the NFC South
cellar this season and Allen said earlier this month that the club
will head into the upcoming free agency signing period about 23
million dollars under the cap.