Buccaneers free agency: Anthony Collins 'expected' to come to Tampa

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are still on track to sign offensive tackle Anthony Collins.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are still on track to sign offensive tackle Anthony Collinsaccording to Mike Jones of the Washington Post. He notes that the Redskins wanted to sign him, but will lose out on the free agent tackle.

Collins was an outstanding pass-protector last season, but has played sparingly over his career and started just seven games in 2013. That was largely due to sitting behind better players, as the Bengals have had a very, very good offensive line, but it's still a concern, especially as he has no proven ability to stay healthy.

Josh Kirkendall of Cincy Jungle had this to say about the free agent.

Collins is a fantastic pass blocker that hasn't allowed a quarterback sack since week four in 2009 -- that's 713 consecutive pass blocks. His run blocking leaves a little to be desired but overall, he's quality.

If Collins does sign with the Bucs, earlier reports indicated he'd probably get between $6.5 and $7 million per year. That's about the equivalent of Donald Penn's remaining contract, who he'd presumably displace. That still leaves the Bucs with holes along the interior offensive line, however.

Update: Rick Stroud confirms Collins is visiting the Buccaneers.

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