“Just A Matter Of Time”

February 26th, 2015

collinsUnlike ghostly Michael Johnson, at least left tackle Anthony Collins played more than six quarters of good football last year.

But Collins is dead Buc walking, says a prominent Tampa Bay beat writer.

Rick Stroud took to the WDAE-AM 620 airwaves this morning and declared Collins’ time in Tampa is nearing a conclusion. Stroud said Collins’ is still around, in part, for salary cap accounting reasons, and believes it’s “just a matter of time” before the Bucs wave goodbye.

Many Bucs fans have seen the comments on Collins from legendary personnel man Gil Brandt, via NFL.com. Brandt believes Collins has value, and has the skillset to transition to guard effectively.

During a face-to-face chat, Joe asked Brandt about this on Super Bowl Media Day in Phoenix. Brandt did budge from his stance on Collins and the guard position, and Brandt also talked about Collins’ proven versatility.

Joe can’t disagree with Collins’ ability, but there’s something wrong with the effort and attitude, otherwise the Bucs wouldn’t have sat Collins as a healthy scratch during December. Then again, there’s always a chance Collins’ benching was part of a crafted Chase for Jameis.

Regardless, Joe would bet on Collins getting cut in a matter of days — and the Bucs adding O-line talent in the same time frame.

You can hear all of Stroud’s free agency chat via the 620wdae.com audio player below.

16 Responses to ““Just A Matter Of Time””

  1. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    He gone!!!

  2. JoeJoes Fungi Nails Says:

    He’ll probably go to a Play Off team and start…..

  3. The Buc Realist Says:

    If he is cut, he should go halves on a moving truck with Adrian Clayborn!!!

  4. SOEbuc Says:

    Why are people so ready to get rid of Adrian Clayborn? If he can stay healthy he adds good depth to a DE position that we don’t have at the moment. I’d like to give him at least one more year to prove his potential

  5. JoeJoes Fungi Nails Says:

    I am a Clayborn fan…

  6. SOEbuc Says:

    Me too Fungi. I met him his rookie year, got an autograph and went and bought a clayborn jersey so i would like to see him stick around so i won’t have to get a new one. But my bday is may 1 so i might be asking for a JW jersey. or my boy Lavonte.

  7. The Buc Realist Says:


    Why are people so ready to get rid of Adrian Clayborn? (cause he sucks!)

    If he can stay healthy. (He can’t)

    he adds good depth to a DE position that we don’t have. ( he doesn’t add depth because he sucks and is on t he roster. better depth to have someone from a practice squad then to have AC who is either on IR, or doing late hits on QBs and getting exposed on the field)

  8. SOEbuc Says:

    @ realist

    Ok i respect everyones opinion. But i myself along with others like him and I definently wouldn’t consider him practice squad. He’s still young and I’d like to give him one more shot

  9. The Buc Realist Says:


    just to be clear, I meant that the Bucs can find someone better from another teams practice squad! 4 years is enough for me and the bucs thanks.

    The knee injury just took its toll on him. that is why this year in the preaseason teams lined him against TE’s and were exposing him in screens because he is slow, that is why other teams call him Adrian Slowborn!

  10. Yungry Says:

    Cousins and Gilkey need to get out of town with Collins right away!

  11. SOEbuc Says:

    And that first of the 4 years was execllent thats why i want to see if he can stay healthy and transform back. And please don’t try to tell me what the bucs are thinkng because just like everyne else, YOU HAVE NO FREAKING CLUE!!

  12. bucs4lyfe Says:

    year 2 can be better I personally would rather them not repeat the same mistake they made last season and gut out a below average team without creating an environment of competition to determine a starter instead of giving away jobs to strangers. all I can say is you never know and considering it would be kind of telling if a team went out and spent free agency money on the exact same positions this year that they spent big on last year. chances are they will create competition on lower tier free agents and the draft.

    If your Collins YOU KNOW in your heart you’ll never get a contract like this one ever again in your life and that could very likely motivate this guy to step it up this offseason and come back ready to ball in training camp, fear is just as motivating if you think your on the verge of being cut and money taken away. He isn’t gilkey who isn’t even a camp body and doesn’t make any money that would affect whether he’s cut or not.

  13. Daniel Says:

    Collins would make a good guard, putting him at left tackle to try and stop REs was borderline lunacy.

    I really did like Claiborne but he hasn’t done much in four years. Bowers has been a disappointing DE, but I think he can be an asset backing up McCoy in the three technique.

  14. Architek Says:

    Why would you put someone soft and clearly unmotivated and overpaid on the interior of your OL? Not just the interior but he’s not physical anyway.

    Goodbye Collins.

  15. Pickgrin Says:

    I keep hearing this idea of trying Collins at guard since we already owe him $3M even if he is cut. In theory – there would seem to be some merit to the idea – but the glaring problem with that theory is that there is no evidence to support the idea. Seems that Collins would have gotten some looks at RG the last few games of the season if Lovie was actually considering that – tanking or not (which I believe we were the last 3-4 games) – you still have to get some tape on a guy in real games if you are gonna give that a shot – just like letting Dotson play a few games at LT to see what he looks like over there.

    As far as Adrian Clayborn goes – I think he should be signed to a 2 year low base, heavy incentivized contract. Low risk – and if he turns out to be better than expected – then its a win win and you didn’t give up too soon on a player who has displayed some talent but has been dealing with injuries the last 3 years.

  16. ddneast Says:

    Joejoesfungi, if Collins does to somewhere and start that would,proof my point that the ineptitude of the OC was the root cause of the offensive units problems.