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Anthony Collins | Tackle

Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Age / DOB:  (28) / 11/2/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 315
College: Kansas
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Bucs signed LT Anthony Collins to a five-year, $30 million contract.
The deal includes $15 million guaranteed. Collins was our No. 4 tackle in free agency, behind only Eugene Monroe, Jared Veldheer and Branden Albert. The former Bengal was a dominant pass blocker last season, giving up zero sacks, one quarterback hit and 12 quarterback hurries even though Andy Dalton attempted 586 passes. Collins is an upgrade on oft-overweight Donald Penn, who is now firmly on the trade block. The Raiders should be on the phone. Mar 13 - 10:38 AM

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The Tampa Bay Times reports free agent LT Anthony Collins will choose between the Bucs, Bengals, and Panthers.

Per Bucs beat writer Greg Auman, all three clubs have offered Collins "comparable money." Collins would be a huge get for Carolina, which recently lost LT Jordan Gross to retirement. Collins visited Tampa Bay on Wednesday.
Mar 12 - 11:18 PM

Free agent OT Anthony Collins will visit the Bucs.

The Bucs are viewed as the heavy favorites to sign the former Bengal, so it's quite possible he doesn't leave Tampa. With the tackle market gutted in the first hour of free agency, Collins is the top option remaining.
Mar 11 - 6:24 PM

The Baltimore Sun reports the Buccaneers are expected to sign free agent OT Anthony Collins "provided that he doesn't re-sign with the Bengals."

Per the report, Tampa would pay Collins $6.5 million to $7 million per year. The Bengals remain very much in play, as the Buccaneers are also negotiating with Rodger Saffold. If the Bucs signed Collins, it's quite possible they'd release LT Donald Penn. Collins is a left tackle. Saffold is a guard/right tackle.
Mar 9 - 8:16 PM

The Washington Post reports the Redskins have shown interest in free agent OT Anthony Collins.

Collins, 28, might not get paid like Branden Albert or Eugene Monroe, but he's every bit as good in pass protection. The Bengals badly want to re-sign him, but he seems intent on testing the open market. Collins has also been linked to the Dolphins and Panthers in recent weeks. Arizona could also show interest.
Mar 9 - 9:58 AM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports the Bengals are working on a deal with free agent LT Anthony Collins.

Collins remains likely to test the market, but the Bengals are "hoping" to re-sign him before the start of free agency. The 28-year-old is an excellent pass protector, and has already drawn interest from multiple teams. Re-signing Collins would allow Cincinnati to keep Andrew Whitworth at left guard.
Mar 7 - 5:21 PM

The Bengals are interested in re-signing free agent LT Anthony Collins, but are willing to let him test the market.

Collins was stellar in pass protection last season, and re-signing him would allow the Bengals to keep OL Andrew Whitworth at left guard. Cincinnati is prepared to let Collins walk, however, if another team is willing to overpay. The best-case scenario for the Bengals is Collins finds a soft market and returns at a discounted price. Collins is our No. 5 free-agent offensive tackle.
Feb 10 - 9:05 PM

The Bengals would like to re-sign free agent OT Anthony Collins.

Collins, 28, started the final six games, including the playoff loss to the Chargers, at left tackle and was stellar in pass protection. It allowed Pro Bowl LT Andrew Whitworth to kick inside to left guard where he dominated physically. Collins checks in as our No. 5 free-agent offensive tackle, behind Jordan Gross.
Source: bengals.com
Feb 7 - 11:09 AM

Bengals re-signed OT Anthony Collins.

Collins, 26, will return as the Bengals' "swing" tackle behind LT Andrew Whitworth and RT Andre Smith. Young with a solid track record in 18 career starts, Collins has encountered work ethic and character red flags since coming out of Kansas in 2008. His signing is still a strong one for the Bengals.
Fri, Mar 23, 2012 02:04:00 PM

Coach Marvin Lewis has cleared OT Anthony Collins of any wrongdoing in the pot bust at Jerome Simpson's house.

"The only thing I know is that Anthony Collins wasn't involved in anything at all," Lewis said. "The other thing (the investigation of Simpson), I'm not allowed to comment about anything so we'll just move forward and get ready to play football." Collins just happened to be at Simpson's house at the time of the delivery.
Fri, Sep 23, 2011 09:17:00 AM

The Bengals are 7-2 with an average of 110 rushing yards per game in RT Anthony Collins' nine starts over the past two seasons.

Maybe they should stop messing around with Dennis Roland and Andre Smith, and just start Collins. A 25-year-old entering a contract season, Collins played only 281 snaps of offense in 2010. He started seven games the season prior, and according to Pro Football Focus allowed just six QB pressures all year.
Source: bengals.com
Mon, May 9, 2011 09:06:00 PM

The Bengals started Anthony Collins at RT over Dennis Roland Sunday.

It was his first start since Week 5 of last season, when he lost his job to Roland. Andre Smith also held down the spot for a few games before getting injured. "I thought AC played well," said coach Marvin Lewis. "It was good to see. He's had a rough go of it and it was good to see him get out there fulltime and he did a nice job."
Tue, Dec 28, 2010 09:17:00 AM

Anthony Collins has been promoted to the Bengals' starting right tackle, passing first-round holdout Andre Smith.

Smith's holdout isn't going to end anytime soon, so the Bengals had to move on. Collins, who looked adequate in six starts to end last season, might be the better option anyways. He offers better height and plenty of athleticism.
Source: bengals.com
Mon, Aug 10, 2009 02:10:00 PM

The Bengals plan to use 2008 fourth-round pick Anthony Collins as their backup "swing" tackle this season.

He'll be the top backup for both LT Andrew Whitworth and RT Andre Smith. It's surprising that Collins won't get a shot to start after holding up in six 2008 spot appearances. In terms of talent, Collins at right tackle, Whitworth on the left, and Smith inside would be the Bengals' best lineup.
Source: bengals.com
Wed, May 20, 2009 01:26:00 PM

Bengals coach Marvin Lewis denies that his team needs to draft a left tackle with the No. 6 overall pick.

"I wouldn't really think that's a high priority," Lewis said. "We feel real comfortable with some guys we have in-house." Anthony Collins started the final six games and acquitted himself well. Right tackle remains a need, however, following Stacy Andrews' departure to Philly.
Wed, Apr 22, 2009 10:33:00 AM