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By Len Pasquarelli


Coach Bill Callahan, fired Wednesday after only two seasons, might not be the last prominent figure to leave the Oakland Raiders.

ESPN.com has learned that senior assistant Bruce Allen, whose rare amalgam of talent evaluation skills and NFL salary cap mastery has been a key to keeping the Raiders competitive, met Tuesday evening with Tampa Bay officials about a position with the Bucs.

The interview, presumably for the general manager position that became vacant when Rich McKay became the Atlanta Falcons GM three weeks ago, was held in Palm Beach, Fla., where Bucs owner Malcolm Glazer resides.

Allen worked with Jon Gruden, of course, when the Bucs' sideline boss was the Raiders' coach.

Club officials are revamping the front office in the wake of McKay's departure, and Allen's expertise in diverse facets of the game make him an attractive candidate. There were rumors early in the season, which have resurfaced, that the Washington Redskins also might be interested in hiring Allen.

Allen is the son of Hall of Fame coach George Allen and has a solid relationship with several Washington officials, including owner Dan Snyder. His brother, U.S. Sen. George Allen, R-Va., has also been a visitor to the Redskins Park complex.

One high-ranking league official said this week that he feels strongly that Bruce Allen will leave the Raiders after nearly nine years. It is believed that Allen, like many Oakland front office employees, does not have a contract. For years, in one of his many quirks, Raiders owner Al Davis has had personnel in his employ work without contracts.

A onetime player agent, Allen has been both an assistant and head coach at the college level and has served in a variety of personnel department posts. His crafty management of the salary cap for the Raiders, a franchise that perennially requires much maneuvering in the spring to get into compliance with the spending limit, has been remarkable at times.

He joined the Raiders organization in February of 1995.

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