NFL Free Agency: Buccaneers talk with Rodger Saffold, Anthony Collins

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More rumors surface, as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers appear to be targeting offensive tackles early in free agency.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been in talks with offensive tackle/offensive guard Rodger Saffold and offensive tackle Anthony Collinsaccording to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun. He notes that Saffold is expected to sign with the Oakland Raiders for $8 million per year, while Collins is expected to sign with the Bucs for $6.5-$7 million per year.

Either signing would likely signal the end of Donald Penn's career as a Buccaneer. Penn had a disappointing 2013 season, but still had a decent year compared to many other NFL left tackles. Penn will turn 31 this year, however, and the Bucs can save nearly $7.5 million in cap space by releasing the former Pro Bowler and replacing him with a cheaper option.

The focus on tackles rather than guards is slightly surprising, given the team's complete lack of...well...anything at offensive guard, and the presence of two solid starters at offensive tackle in Penn and right tackle Demar Dotson. Still, Veldheer and Collins would likely represent minor upgrades over Penn in terms of quality, and they'd represent long-term solutions at a position where the Bucs will face uncertainty in the near future, if not this year.

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