Buccaneers sign OT Anthony Collins to five-year, $30M deal

Anthony Collins signed with the Buccaneers on Thursday.
Anthony Collins signed with the Buccaneers on Thursday. (USATSI)

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The Buccaneers kept up their aggressive free-agency approach on Wednesday, striking a deal with offensive tackle Anthony Collins.

The former Bengals tackle will reportedly get a five-year deal for $30 million. That's a hefty payday for someone with just seven starts last season.

But Collins not starting the entire year was more a byproduct of the Bengals depth. With a stout line that included Andrew Whitworth at left tackle and Andre Smith on the right side, Collins didn't have room to start until Kevin Zeitler went down and he stepped in on the left side. 

Collins was quite good in left tackle relief though, with Andy Dalton only getting sacked three times during his five-game stretch of starts to end the season. Pro Football Focus graded out Collins as the 14th-best tackle in pass protection for the entire season.

He'll immediately slot in as the starter on the left side of the line as the Buccaneers released Donald Penn on Thursday afternoon.

An interesting note on Collins: Jonathan Jones of the Charlotte Observer reports that Collins got a similar monetary offer from the Panthers but chose the Bucs instead. That's devastating for Carolina, who's got a major hole on the line with Jordan Gross retiring. And it's a little surprising since he could step in and start at left tackle from the get go in Carolina.

On the other hand, Florida has no state income tax, which is always a bonus. Literally. 

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