It appears as those the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are not close to being done in free agency.
After signing Michael Johnson, Brandon Myers, and Clinton McDonald, as well as re-signing four players, the Bucs are apparently bringing in former Chicago Bears cornerback Charles “Peanut” Tillman in for a visit.
Bears free-agent CB Charles Tillman visiting Tampa Bay, per source. Revis replacement?
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 11, 2014
Since Tillman became a free agent, he has been linked directly with the Buccaneers. His former head coach in Chicago, Lovie Smith, now holds the same position with the Bucs, so the interest is expected.
However, things are apparently moving quickly as Tillman is leaving the Windy City for a visit to Tampa to see if a deal can be worked out.
Tillman has been one of the best corners in the game over the last decade. Since coming into the league in 2003, he has amassed 36 interceptions (eight of which he returned for touchdowns) and has made 849 tackles, proving that there are still cornerbacks in the league who have good hands and the ability to make tackles.
He was also honoured with the 2014 Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, which honours a player’s volunteer and charity work. However, Tillman is coming off of a torn right triceps that he suffered in Week 10 last season and hasn’t played since. He is also 33-years-old.
With the Bucs rumoured to be severing ties with Darrelle Revis, the Bucs are going to need a corner or two to replace him, and Tillman would be one appropriate choice.
While cornerback is becoming an area of need for the Bucs, so is the offensive line and that is why Tampa Bay has been hot on the heels of Cincinnati Bengals free agent tackle Anthony Collins.
Confirmed: Bengals T Anthony Collins will visit the Bucs.
— Rick Stroud (@NFLSTROUD) March 11, 2014
The Bucs have already cut Davin Joseph, and it appears as though Donald Penn’s days could be numbered too if the Bucs do in fact sign Collins.
With the uncertainty surrounding the health of Carl Nicks too, the Bucs are desperate for some reinforcements upfront and Collins would be a great addition.
Collins hasn’t played much in his NFL career (59 games in six seasons), but he did play in 15 games last season (seven starts). He is regarded as a very good pass blocker. Despite being somewhat unproven, the 28-year-old is reportedly asking for around $7 million a year.