The Tampa Bay Buccaneers aren't the only team trying to sign left tackle Anthony Collins. Player agent John Thornton tweeted that Anthony Collins was choosing between the three teams, which was then confirmed by Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times.
Long long day with MJ, Clinton, and silly AC (soon to be Bengal, Panther, or Buc). AC wouldn't tell us where tho.. pic.twitter.com/uzFDy2hJp6— JohnThornton (@JohnThornton) March 13, 2014
So far, Lovie Smith has given the Bucs a real edge in free agency. Players seem to love the Bucs' head coach, and several free agents have named him as a major reason to come to Tampa.
If the Bucs can't sign Collins, they're likely to stick with Donald Penn as their starting left tackle, unless they can find a better tackle in the draft. Penn was serviceable last season, but he's aging and declining. The Bucs can easily survive with him at left tackle for another year, but they'll need to replace him at some point in the near future.