TAMPA, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers parted ways with one of their most disappointing free-agent signees from last year.
Offensive tackle Anthony Collins was released Tuesday evening, after playing just one season of a five-year, $30 million deal signed last March. He was due to make a base salary of $6 million next season, and the Bucs owe him half of it as part of his guaranteed money. His release saves the Bucs $3 million in cap space.
The move to release Collins comes as little surprise. He didn’t play in Tampa Bay’s final four games last season, and he was an obvious weak link as part of an offensive line that allowed 52 sacks and an NFL-high 124 quarterback hits. He was signed as Tampa Bay’s assumed answer at left tackle, but Demar Dotson switched to the position from right tackle after Collins was benched.
Meanwhile, the Bucs also announced the re-signing of safety Major Wright, who was scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent Tuesday, and cornerback Leonard Johnson, who was slated to become a restricted free agent.
Wright, who receives a two-year deal worth up to $4.5 million, had 51 tackles and one pass defensed in 12 games (seven starts) with the Bucs last season. Johnson, who receives a one-year contract, had 45 tackles with three passes defensed, one interception and three forced fumbles.
In addition, the Bucs presented running back Bobby Rainey with a one-year, $1.54 million tender offer. He had 94 carries for 406 yards and one touchdown last season.