The Buccaneers made a big early splash in free agency by landing defensive end Michael Johnson and now they have their eyes on one of Johnson’s teammates in Cincinnati.
Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports that tackle Anthony Collins will visit with the team. Collins has been linked to the Bucs for several days and is the top left tackle left on the market after the other big names landed new homes or re-signed with their teams as free agency opened.
If Collins does land in Tampa, it could spell the end of Donald Penn’s time with the team. Penn struggled as a pass blocker last season and his release would clear more than $7 million in cap space for the Buccaneers to devote elsewhere. Penn’s departure would also guarantee a very different offensive line next season with guard Davin Joseph already given his walking papers.
Collins, who came in at No. 50 on PFT‘s Hot 100 list of free agents, has played both tackle spots in Cincinnati, but did some of his best work on the left side of the line late last season. He’s started 25 games over the course of his six years with the Bengals and his departure would likely mean that Andrew Whitworth will move back to tackle after ending last season at guard.