Each day we look at players on the Buccaneers' roster and decide whether that player should be brought back for 2015 or if the Bucs should move on. When a team is 2-14, major changes lie on the horizon. Today, we take a look at left tackle Anthony Collins.
The Case to Keep: The Bucs just signed Collins last off-season to a 5-year contract worth $30 million with $15 million guaranteed and a $9 million signing bonus. While Collins didn't pan out at left tackle, he might still be able to help the Bucs at guard or at right tackle. The offensive tackle market is soft this off-season in free agency, so keeping Collins around for his versatility might make sense.
The Case to Cut: Anthony Collins was among the biggest busts for the Bucs in 2014. By the end of the season he was inactive for the last few games, which was more likely because of poor play than injury. Demar Dotson is likely the Bucs future at left tackle, and while Collins might be able to play other positions on the line, if he plays the way he did in 2014, it won't matter what position he plays, he's just bad. According to overthecap.com, Collins will only count $3 million in dead money if the Bucs release him this off-season, but also give the Bucs $3 million in cap relief, which would cancel each other out.
Cut or Keep: While the Bucs won't save anything towards the cap if he is released, if Collins couldn't even be on the active roster towards the end of the season, why would the Bucs bring him back for 2015? Unfortunately, you rip the band-aid off this poor free agent signing and move on.
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