The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed a key reserve player on Saturday when they re-signed safety Will Allen to a new contract according to Allen, 26, was the special teams captain for the Bucs in 2008, and backed up starting free safety Tanard Jackson. The Ohio State product was drafted by Tampa Bay in the fourth round of the 2004 NFL Draft.

Allen (6-1, 200) started eight regular season games at free safety during the 2005 season and set a career high with three interceptions, but was hampered by injuries during the year. In 2006, he started all 16 games and made 83 tackles.

The Buccaneers started Tanard Jackson ahead of Allen the past two seasons, but Allen has been a core special teams player that is on punt and kick coverage and punt and kick return units. He finished second on the team in special teams tackles with 21. Reserve linebacker Quincy Black led the team with 24. Allen also forced a fumble on special teams.

Last season Allen made 11 tackles on defense with one tackle for a loss and one fumble recovery.

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