The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been pushing hard for free agent offensive tackle Anthony Collins and a deal looked like it was nearly done and would be wrapped up soon.
That, however, does not appear to be the case.
Collins’ current team, the Cincinnati Bengals are still interested in bringing Collins back and one of the Buccaneers’ rivals in the NFC South, the Carolina Panthers, are also interested in Collins, according to Greg Auman of The Tampa Bay Times.
I can confirm that free-agent tackle Anthony Collins is choosing between Bucs, Panthers and return to Bengals. Offers have comparable money.
— Greg Auman (@gregauman) March 13, 2014
With the Buccaneers overahauling their offensive line, they have a big need at the position, but Collins’ current team, the Bengals, and the Panthers were playoff teams last season and although the Buccaneers should be a much improved team in 2013, they can’t say the same.
Collins was the 112th overall pick in the fourth round of the 2008 NFL Draft. The former Kansas Jayhawk has spent all five of his NFL seasons with the Bengals.