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Buccaneers release Anthony Collins in most predictable move ever

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have released Anthony Collinsper Rick Stroud, which everyone and their mother saw coming months ago. Cutting Collins saves the Bucs some $3 million in salary and cap space, which they'll put to good use trying to find a halfway competent replacement. Or at least a better player, which shouldn't be too difficult.

Collins was signed to a five-year, $30 million contract last year, but proved to be a massive disappointment at left tackle. So much so that he wasn't just benched toward the end of the season, he was completely deactivated. Which made it pretty clear that the Bucs were going to cut him, and that is exactly what they've done now.

The Bucs do owe Collins another $3 million this year, after paying him $6 million to be a terrible left tackle last year.

Collins was a risky signing, so his turning into t a bust isn't necessarily a surprise. Collins played well for the Bengals prior to becoming a free agent, but he'd only started a handful of games. The Bucs were hoping that was a sign of more to come, but instead it turned out to just be a sign that he got lucky over a small sample size. Oops.