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Tampa Bay Buccaneers planning to release Anthony Collins if they can't trade him

Former Cincinnati Bengals offensive tackle Anthony Collins will be released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers if they're unable to find a trade partner. We could see the Bengals re-signing him, if he returns to the role he had before leaving.

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Remember last year when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers reached a five-year agreement worth $30 million with Anthony Collins? A riot ensued and someone cursed Mike Brown's name. How could the Bengals NOT re-sign Collins, who secured a +12.0 Pro Football Focus grade in 2013 and didn't allow a quarterback sack in 389 pass blocks? At least Cincinnati signed a steal in Marshall Newhouse.

Now... according to NFL Insider Ian Rapoport, Tampa Bay is planning to release Anthony Collins if they're unable to find a trade partner -- why would anyone bother to trade for him and that contract ?

You have to consider that Cincinnati would be open to signing Collins back, clearly in a similar role that he had before his big-priced departure (he was mostly the first backup offensive tackle).

According to Pro Football Talk, Tampa Bay will owe Collins $3 million if he's cut -- hence why they want to trade him.

Per a source with knowledge of the contract, $3 million of the $6 million base salary due and owing to Collins already is fully guaranteed, with no offset language. If he’s cut instead of traded, the Buccaneers will owe him the full $3 million — regardless of whether he signs with a new team.