Report: Bucs Sniffing Saffold And CollinsMarch 9th, 2014
It seems the Bucs are coveting versatility in their new offensive linemen.
National Football Post scribe and Ravens beat writer Aaron Wilson is Twittering tonight that the Bucs are talking to representatives of versatile tackle and Bengals free agent Anthony Collins, as well as stud Rams guard/tackle Rodger Saffold.
On Friday, Joe explained all about how Saffold was a very intriguing fit for the Bucs. No need to rehash that. (Just click the link and read.)
Collins, 28, plays left and right tackle but has only been a part-time starter during his six seasons with the Bengals. Interestingly, Joe’s read reports that Collins is a close pal of an alleged Bucs free agent target, defensive end Michael Johnson. Perhaps that’s somehow related to the Bucs’ interest?
Collins made seven starts last season and has 25 in all during his career. That’s very low mileage, but he’s never started a full season. That scares Joe. Would the Bucs really install this guy to replace a durable rock like Donald Penn, who hasn’t missed a start since taking the left tackle job in 2007?
That seems risky. Joe wonders whether Collins could be paid to replace Demar Dotson. Yes, Joe realizes many Bucs fans buy into the stats geek nonsense that Dotson was the Bucs’ best offensive lineman last year, but Joe is not a believer.
Regardless, both Collins and Saffold are versatile and have experience at multiple positions. That seems to an important characteristic for the new regime. And it makes sense. In addition to the Carl Nicks mess, the Bucs, potentially, could be in a smart position to draft a premier tackle in May. Jason Licht and Lovie Smith should want to have other quality O-linemen that aren’t pigeonholed into one spot on the line. Joe suspects that’s why Jeremy Zuttah remains a Buccaneer at this hour.