Bucs Said to Be Front-Runner for OT Anthony Collins


NFL free agency hasn’t officially begun yet, but the Tampa Bay Buccaneers appear poised to land free agent offensive tackle Anthony Collins if he does not re-sign with the Cincinnati Bengals.

In addition to multiple reports linking Collins to the Bucs, a league source told Sports Talk Florida that Tampa Bay was, indeed, the favorite to land the former fourth-round pick out of Kansas, saying that it came down to a bidding war among teams vying for his services.

The Bucs are said to be offering between $6.5 million to $7 million, and have approximately $25 million in cap space, which is 11th-most in the league, according to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun.

Teams can’t officially sign free agents until Tuesday at 4 p.m., but teams were permitted to contact representatives during the league’s three-day legal tampering period which began Saturday.

Collins, 28, started seven of 15 games for the Bengals last season and has 25 starts in his six-year career.

His arrival in Tampa could mean the end for starting left tackle Donald Penn, who is scheduled to earn $8 million in 2014.