Although Kansas City Pro Bowl defensive end Jared Allen spent the weekend in Minnesota, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers still appear to be in the running to acquire the Pro Bowler's services.

Allen's visit in Minnesota has concluded due to the fact that league rules state that a visit can last no more than 48 hours, according to

However, negotiations between the Chiefs and Vikings on a trade and talks between Allen's agent, Ken Harris and the Vikings on a long-term, lucrative contract are ongoing.

In the meantime, Allen could visit One Buccaneer Place as early as Tuesday or as late as Thursday of this week. It is likely that the Chiefs will trade Allen to either the Vikings or Buccaneers before the 2008 NFL Draft is held on April 26-27.

Allen, 26, led the NFL in sacks last season with 15.5. The former fourth-round draft pick was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent last February until the Chiefs put the franchise tag on him.

Several published reports have suggested that the Chiefs are looking to receive a first- and second-round draft pick in exchange for Allen, who has recorded 43.5 career sacks in four seasons.

The team that trades for Allen will also need to sign him to a long-term contract. The Vikings and Buccaneers have $14 million and $25 million in salary cap room, respectively.

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