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Treasure to trash: Bucs trying to unload Anthony Collins

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TAMPA, FL - SEPTEMBER 14: Tackle Anthony Collins #73 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers watches the action against the St. Louis Rams at Raymond James Stadium on September 14, 2014 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Cliff McBride/Getty Images)

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When the free agent period opens next week, teams will throw big money at guys they believe to be the answers to all their problems.

And if they’re not, those guys will inevitably be thrown back.

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Buccaneers are trying to trade left tackle Anthony Collins, and will cut him if they’re not able to.

That pretty much means they’re going to cut him, as Collins played so poorly last year there won’t be a line of teams eager to take on his contract.

The Bucs signed him to a five-year, $30 million a year ago, hoping he’d shore up a weak offensive line.

Collins was good-not-great for the Bengals, and the Buccaneers clearly overspent out of desperation.

Now, they’re looking elsewhere, and providing a cautionary tale to teams who want to win in March,