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Bucs still busy: Bengals tackle Collins signs



The Bucs' free-agent success continued Thursday morning with the signing of Bengals offensive tackle Anthony Collins, one of the top available linemen.

Collins, 28, has only 25 career starts in his six NFL seasons, but played remarkably well for Cincinnati in 2013 -- he allowed only 12 quarterback hurries in 317 pass-block situations according to Pro Football Focus, the best pass blocking efficiency of any NFL tackle. The 6-foot-5, 315-pound tackle was fourth-round pick out of Kansas in 2008.

Collins is likely to be the Bucs' new starting left tackle, which likely spells the end for Bucs veteran Donald Penn, who has started every game since during the 2007 season. Penn would have made $7.15 million this season and will now likely be traded or released.

Collins joins an impressive group of new additions for Tampa Bay, which already includes his Bengals teammate, defensive end Michael Johnson, as well as Bears quarterback Josh McCown, Titans cornerback Alterraun Verner, Seahawks defensive tackle Clinton McDonald and Giants tight end Brandon Myers.

[Last modified: Thursday, March 13, 2014 10:50am]


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