There hasn’t been a more aggressive team in free agency this offseason than the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who signed defensive stars Alterraun Verner and Michael Johnson yesterday in two of the offseasons biggest splashes. They also agreed to terms with underrated former Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Clinton McDonald, and they signed quarterback Josh McCown to a two-year deal today. The Buccaneers have been making furious upgrades, and they are taking advantage of the $16 million they will save by cutting ties with elite CB Darrelle Revis.
The Buccaneers are about to add another high-impact free agent today, as CBS Sports’s Jason La Canfora reports that they are “working to finalize” a deal with former Cincinnati Bengals offensive tackle Anthony Collins, who is held in high regard and is one of the game’s most underrated tackles. Collins would command significant money like most OTs, but he’s a cheaper option compared to the top OTs who signed yesterday.
La Canfora adds that there has “been a strong expectation around the NFL for a while” that both sides would come to terms, and it looks like Collins’s free agent visit with the Bucs will end up in a new deal. It’s going to be interesting to see what the exact terms are, and it will be just as interesting to see if the Buccaneers decide to release Donald Penn following this move.