Veteran Anderson gets first taste of free agency

Never having experienced free agency during his 12-year NFL career, Pro Bowl offensive tackle Willie Anderson is experiencing it now.

Anderson flew back to Cincinnati on Wednesday after visiting with the Baltimore Ravens, who passed Anderson on his physical. Now Anderson will mull the opportunities of playing in San Diego or Tampa Bay, each of whom offer options as well.

In San Diego, Anderson might be playing on the best team of the three, with the best chance of winning a Super Bowl.

In Tampa Bay, which seems to bid on every high-profile free agent that becomes available, Anderson could help shore up a line with some questions at the tackle position.

In Baltimore, which has the greatest need along the offensive line of any of the three, Anderson would get to play his former Bengals teammates twice a season.

Three interesting options, with three interesting choices. Anderson’s agent, Terry Bolar, said his client would like to make a decision before the week is through. But after 12 seasons in Cincinnati, Anderson is enjoying the recruiting process and the search to find a new home where he can lay it on the line.

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