Hello Chiefs Kingdom! Lucas Hampton here bringing you another Beyond The Border Free Agency! The series focused on free agents from beyond the borders of Chiefs Kingdom that could don the red and gold jersey and help us get to the next level. There has been a nice balance of offense and defense here in this series, looking at Stevie Brown from the New York Giants, Riley Cooper of the Philadelphia Eagles, Alex Mack of the Cleveland Browns, and Zack Bowman of the Chicago Bears. Let’s shift back to the offense and delve into the trenches again as we take a look at a guy that could potentially give either of our starting tackles a run for their money, Anthony Collins. Anthony Collins comes in at 6’5″ and weighs 317 pounds. He played his college ball at Kansas and was selected in the fourth round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals. He played his first game in week 2 of his rookie campaign. At the end of the 2008 season, Collins had logged playing time in 9 games and starting 6 of them. In 2009, Collins played in 14 games and started 7 of them. In 2010, he played in 9 and started 3 of them. The 2011 season saw Collins play in 7 games and start 2. The 2012 season had him only play in 5 games and start none of them . Last season, Collins spent time playing in 15 games and starting 7 of them.
When he was called into action, Collins primarily filled in for Andrew Whitworth, the regular starter at left tackle for the Bengals, when he was injured. He saw time at right tackle when Andre Smith would be hurt occasionally. He saw some slight shuffling around when the guard spots would be injured also. Collins played on special teams, would be used as an extra tight end in jumbo packages, and even was sent down the field a couple times.
According to nfldraftscout.com, he ran the 40-yard dash in 5.35 seconds at his pro day. Collins is obviously pretty athletic for his size and is versatile on the line. I did some further digging into Collins and found a case in 2011 where he was under investigation for being at teammate Jerome Simpson’s house when it was being suspected of being a pot distribution center. Fortunately, Collins was not found guilty of anything illegal. He clearly is an athletic, talented, and upstanding athlete. He has plenty of starting experience and has quite a few battles under his belt. I looked up what ProFootballFocus gave Collins in his grading for the season. He graded out at a +14.0 which is good for 4th best of all free agent offensive tackles. He graded out higher than KC’s own Branden Albert who got a +10.0 grade for the season.
In my research for this article I stumbled across a line that talked about Collins’ actions this last season, he played a critical role in keeping Andy Dalton upright and paved the way for several great rushing games. Another one I liked in particular was that he held Julius Peppers to zero stats in one game. Not even a single QB pressure or hurry. That’s pretty incredible in my opinion. The 6 year veteran was paid 700 thousand dollars for last season. That’s a low price for what the Bengals got out of him.
If Collins leaves the Bengals, he probably will look for a multi-year deal lasting maybe 3-4 years and definitely paying far upwards of 700 thousand a year. Given the increased cap room the Chiefs now have, Collins could be a smart signing. He would come in with a few good years of football left in him, would provide experience and leadership to an overall young offensive line and would fill in nicely should any of the starters go down with injury or need a break. What will the future of free agency hold? We will know soon enough!
Before I end things off, I want to give you the links to my past works:
Stevie Brown- http://www.chiefs360.com/2014/01/23/beyond-the-border-free-agency-stevie-brown/
Riley Cooper- http://www.chiefs360.com/2014/01/29/beyond-the-border-free-agency-riley-cooper/
Alex Mack- http://www.chiefs360.com/2014/02/05/beyond-the-border-free-agency-alex-mack/
Zack Bowman- http://www.chiefs360.com/2014/02/10/beyond-the-border-free-agency-zack-bowman/
As always Chiefs Kingdom, thank you for reading and…