By Tom Krasniqi
It was the perfect setup at One Buc Place for the press conference. At the table,his new left tackle was seated to his left. That's exactly where Josh McCown wants Anthony Collins to be at all times. To his left. Protecting his blind side.
The Bucs introduced their new starting quarterback and left tackle on Thursday. McCown gets a 2-year deal to join his former Bears coach Lovie Smith.
"It's all about relationships," McCown explained.
The 34-year-old McCown said he had a great two day visit with Lovie and the coaches before signing on the dotted line. Last season with the Bears, McCown tossed 13 touchdowns and just one interception. Lovie liked what he saw. That's why he named McCown as his starting QB.
"Josh is exactly what you're looking for in a leader to get that 4-12 taste out of your mouth," Smith said.
McCown's new blind side protector gave up zero sacks last season in Cincinnati. Bucs GM Jason Licht says the 28-year-old Collins displays "great feet and great athleticism."
Collins got a 5 year deal worth $30 million with $15 million in guaranteed money. That's big time money for an important job and Collins is up to the task.
"I'm going to protect this man [McCown] with all of my might," Collins promised.
To listen to the entire press conference, click below:
Bucs GM Jason Licht, Post-Press Conference:
Bucs QB Josh McCown, Post-Press Conference:
Bucs OT Anthony Collins, Post-Press Conference
Check out the photos from both press conferences at One Buc Place: