Allen has agreed to take a $1 million pay cut, setting his contract at $4 million for 2019, Annie Sabo of NBC Tampa Bay reports.
The 27-year-old was solid as a depth defensive tackle in 2018, recording 20 tackles (15 solo) in 14 games. The change in contract terms will free up some money toward the cap for the Buccaneers, while Allen figures to fight for a solidified spot on the defensive line in 2019.
Allen (foot) was a limited participant in Thursday’s practice, Carmen Vitali of the Buccaneers’ official site reports.
The fifth-year defensive tackle has been dealing with a troublesome foot the majority of the season, but he’s managed to suit up for the last five games. Allen logged 27 snaps against the Redskins in the Week 10 loss, which marked his lowest total since the second game of the season. His back-to-back limited sessions to open the practice week could well be part of a maintenance program at this point of the campaign, so the expectation is that the veteran is trending toward an active status Sunday against the Giants.
Allen (foot) is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Falcons, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.
Allen returned to full participation Friday after logging limited sessions Wednesday and Thursday, so he’s trending in the right direction. The defensive tackle is slated to return from a two-game absence, having been sidelined since Week 2 due to a foot injury.
Allen (foot) will be sidelined for Monday night’s tilt against the Steelers, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.
Allen came out of last week’s victory over the Eagles with a foot injury. His absence in Week 3, along with first-round pick Vita Vea still being out, means Gerald McCoy and Jerel Worthy will be the only healthy interior linemen available.