Furious negotiations are taking place for Bengals free agent Anthony Collins.
According to Mike Jones with the Washington Post, the Washington Redskins are locked into a bidding war with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and they're expected to win.
Source says #Redskins losing out on Anthony Collins. Expected to go to Tampa.— Mike Jones (@MikeJonesWaPo) March 11, 2014
There is no indication that the Bengals were part of any negotiations on Tuesday, as rumored salary figures had reached an annual $7 million mark -- a contract that Cincinnati was unlikely to give with significant contracts already dished out to Andrew Whitworth and Andre Smith.
However, no contract has been signed and according to Rick Stroud with the Tampa Bay Times, Collins will make a visit with the Buccaneers.
Confirmed: Bengals T Anthony Collins will visit the Bucs.— Rick Stroud (@NFLSTROUD) March 11, 2014
If/when Collins leaves Cincinnati, Whitworth figures to resume his spot at left tackle while questions surface at left guard and center. Clint Boling, who started at left guard throughout most of the season last year, is recovering from a major knee injury and his timetable to start the regular season opener is iffy. Starting center Kyle Cook was released an hour prior to the start of free agency, opening a vacancy there.