Evolving factors for Anthony Collins deal after Jason Peters extension

Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Taking a look at factors getting in the way for a possible deal between the Bengals and Anthony Collins, especially after a significant extension signed by Jason Peters.

The Eagles have signed starting left tackle Jason Peters to an extension that essentially keeps him in Philadelphia for another five years on a deal worth $51.3 million and $19.55 million guaranteed, according to reports.

Prior to the extension, Peters was entering his final year with a base salary of $9.65 million and a $10.292 million cap number. His new contract averages out at $10.26 million per season, keeping him inside a fraternity of left tackles averaging over $10 million per season -- Joe Thomas, Ryan Clady, Trent Williams and D'Brickashaw Ferguson are the others.

The deal could translate into a monetary shift regarding free agent offensive tackles, such as Bengals left tackle Anthony Collins. No, no. Collins won't demand that much -- and he wouldn't sniff those type of numbers, regardless of his performance during the regular season last year. He's an excellent pass blocker but an average run blocker, which will hurt his stock compared to other offensive tackles.

Further complicating things for Cincinnati is that Carolina Panthers offensive tackle Jordan Gross, another free agent left tackle, expected to announce his retirement on Wednesday. Now the demand for teams looking for a left tackle increases with Brandon Albert, Michael Oher and Jared Valdheer joining Collins as the top free agents this March (provided no one uses the franchise tag). The Arizona Cardinals are reportedly set to make a heavy push for Albert.

Still, Peters' deal could create an interesting scenario between the Bengals and Collins. If Cincinnati attempts to sign Collins, figure that they won't surpass the extension signed by Whitworth, which kicks in this year. The extension is worth $19.525 million for 2014 and 2015 combined, with $10.3 million guaranteed, a $6 million signing bonus and $9.765 million per season.

If we were to guess numbers for Collins, the Bengals may mirror what Andre Smith signed last year -- three years, $18 million, $5 million guaranteed and a $3 million signing bonus. All of which is speculation, obviously. Another possible complication is Cincinnati's distribution of money on the offensive line. Me? Pay 'em all because if the offensive line isn't very good, then no one else on offense will be.

Cincinnati, as of this posting (minus any potential deals with Collins, Mike Pollak or an extension with Clint Boling... Kevin Zeitler will be eligible for an extension after 2014), already have 43.5 percent of their payroll on offense going to the offensive line -- which currently ranks fifth in the NFL (for the 2014 season).

TOP 5
TEAM Money for O-Line Money on Offense PCT. for O-Line
Buccaneers $31.695 million $55.787 million 56.8%
Redskins $28.195 million $58.006 million 48.6%
Browns $19.919 million $43.309 milion 45.9%
Giants $31.559 million $68.829 million 45.8%
Bengals $20.334 million $46.780 mllion 43.5%
BOTTOM 5
TEAM Money for O-Line Money on Offense PCT. for O-Line
Falcons 17.785 million $73.479 million 24.2%
Panthers $11.999 million $54.545 million 22.0%
Chiefs $11.089 million $56.850 million 19.5%
Bears $13.995 million $73.968 million 18.9%
Dolphins $8.775 million $52.94 million 16.6%

NOTE: The Bengals were the only playoff team in the top-five.

The rising salary cap, projecting over $132 million now, adds available funding to retain Collins long-term.

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