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While coming as not a big surprise, Ian Rapoport tweeted Monday afternoon that the Bucs are shopping tackle Anthony Collins and if a trade partner isn’t found last year’s free agent replacement for Donald Penn will be released.

Collins was part of a prized free agent class that was signed on the opening day of free agency last March but wore out his welcome in Tampa Bay by the end of the season. Collins, a former Bengal reserve, started and played in 10 games for Tampa Bay last season and struggled with consistency on the field and battled some injuries. Collins managed to get into the organization’s dog house, and was a healthy scratch over the last few weeks of the season. Sources told PewterReport.com that the team wasn’t happy with Collins effort to rehab from a late season injury.

For now Tampa Bay has Demar Dotson pegged to start training camp as the starter at left tackle, creating a void on the right side where Dotson has played well the last few years.

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About the Author: Mark Cook

Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, the beach and family time.Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at mark@pewterreport.com
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KINDERRT
KINDERRT
6 years ago

LOL trying to get rid of trash that we overpaid for. This is a good reminder that FA is a huge risk. Many FA are someone’s else’s trash. BUYER BEWARE!

pinkstob
pinkstob
Reply to  KINDERRT
6 years ago

Agreed. I was all in on the plan Dominik and Morris laid in 2009 to build almost exclusively from the draft while everyone said the Glazers were just being cheap. The problem turned out to be that Dominik has a lousy eye for talent. I still see that plan as one we should be following and just keep replacing GM’s until we find one that can make it work. Hopefully Licht is that guy.

kino
kino
Reply to  KINDERRT
6 years ago

Well if your gonna build through the draft you had better sign Bowers, Clayborn and Foster………. All can be signed for mediocre money and provide great depth…… Coaches have got to raise the bar of the player and that’s why good coaches end up resigning more of there own free agents.When they don’t resign them they raise the bar of a lessor salaried player that often meets or exceeds the Vet ,they then get resigned and we are not talking free agents. When ever you here coaches don’t win players do, just know that is an idiot that just spoke!!… Read more »

KINDERRT
KINDERRT
6 years ago

Pink, agree that we need to build from the draft. The Bucs problem is we never had a people in charge that was a good judge of talent. They finally figured that out and got rid of Dominik and Hickey and rebuilt their scout dept. Hopefully this group is much better then the last group.

cgmaster27
cgmaster27
6 years ago

Now my question is why is that lousy punter and safety still taking up our cap space?

georgehicks
georgehicks
6 years ago

I’d think that these next Free Agents that are veterans must understand that each team takes a chance on them. Iam hoping that the new batch of Free agents will stay around go bucs

plopes808
plopes808
6 years ago

Cut Collins and Goldson to make some cap space. Sign McCourty and maybe Iupati, then build the rest of the team through the draft. Maybe hold on to Foster at least a year while our new MLB learns the ropes

scubog
scubog
6 years ago

I’ve never been a big fan of free agency. As I think Kino was trying to say, if you draft well you just re-sign your own players if nothing else but for the continuity. Not sure what happened to Collins, who seemed like a promising signing. Perhaps a little more vetting of the free agent candidates was due. It’s all mental. Some take the money and have a greater sense of responsibility to earn it while others simply take the money. Sure happens a lot to our favorite team. That’s why I never buy a free agent’s game jersey.

magoobee
magoobee
6 years ago

When your team sucks, like ours does, you have to overpay for FAs. When you overpay, you end up with dead cap space.

Overpay for good coaches that can get the most out of what you currently have.

Right now I’m not sure if Licht is a poor talent evaluator or Lovie is a poor developer of talent. My fear is both is the case.

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