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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will announce their 53-man roster on Saturday evening. All 32 NFL teams are required to submit their final roster cuts and active roster to the league by 6:00 p.m. ET.
PewterReport.com has compiled its final 53-man roster prediction below. We're fairly confident in this roster prediction, although the Bucs will have to make difficult decisions at the quarterback, defensive line and linebacker positions.
At this point, we don't see how the Bucs can afford to keep four quarterbacks heading into the regular season, which means they'll likely release Chris Simms and rookie Josh Johnson. Tampa Bay likely will attempt to sign Johnson to the practice squad, but he would have to clear waivers first.
Even if it's 100 percent accurate, Tampa Bay's 53-man roster will by no means be set as the Bucs likely will have to eventually clear roster spots for tight end Jerramy Stevens (suspended) and running back Cadillac Williams (PUP list).
PEWTERREPORT.COM'S FINAL 53-MAN ROSTER PREDICTION
RUNNING BACKS (3)
WIDE RECEIVERS (6)
TIGHT ENDS (3)
OFFENSIVE LINE (8)
DEFENSIVE LINE (9)
LONG SNAPPER (1)
Jerramy Stevens – will miss first two games of the season.
Cadillac Williams – has until Week 6 of the regular season before the Bucs have to decide whether to activate him or place him on injured reserve.
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