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Glennon was 4-9, taking over Tampa Bay’s offense after Josh Freeman struggled and subsequently was released.

The third-round draft pick threw for 19 touchdowns and just nine interceptions as a rookie, but also was sacked 40 times while failing to demonstrate he was the team’s clear-cut quarterback of the future.

The signing of Collins, a part-time starter the past six seasons with Cincinnati, upgrades a porous offensive line that needs to do a better job protecting the quarterback.

Like McCown, the 6-foot-7, 315-pound tackle is savoring the chance to show he can flourish as a full-time starter.

“I’m very ready,” said Collins, who will step in for Penn, a 2011 Pro Bowl selection who had been scheduled to earn $7 million next season.

“Patience is a virtue,” Collins added. “Now is my time.”


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