TAMPA, Fla. -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier will see Jared Allen on Sunday when the Carolina Panthers visit. He just won't see the same Jared Allen who tormented offensive lines when Frazier coached him in Minnesota.
"He's what, 33 maybe now?" Frazier said Thursday of Allen, who joined the Panthers after a Monday night trade with the Chicago Bears. "So I'm not sure he's the same as when he was 25 or 26, although I'm sure he would say different. But great player. He has been a great player in our league for a few years now."
Allen, 33, totaled 85½ sacks, including a career-best 22 in 2011, for the Vikings from 2008-13. Frazier coached in Minnesota from 2007-13, first as the defensive coordinator and later as the head coach.
"I have good memories of Jared, seeing him get after quarterbacks for as long as he did for us, and [he] did a terrific job in doing that," Frazier said.
Allen landed with the Bears as a free agent last season, agreeing to a four-year, $32 million deal. He had 55 tackles and 5½ sacks last year, and he has totaled five tackles with one interception this season.
"I haven't seen much of him on tape in his time with Chicago," Frazier said. "But gregarious guy, great in the locker room, just a good player to have on your team."