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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

QUARTERBACKS (3)
Jeff Garcia
Brian Griese
Luke McCown

RUNNING BACKS (3)
Earnest Graham
Michael Bennett
Warrick Dunn

FULLBACKS (2)
B.J. Askew
Byron Storer

WIDE RECEIVERS (6)
Joey Galloway
Antonio Bryant
Ike Hilliard
Michael Clayton
Maurice Stovall
Dexter Jackson

TIGHT ENDS (3)
John Gilmore
Alex Smith
Ben Troupe

OFFENSIVE LINE (8)
Donald Penn
Arron Sears
Jeff Faine
Davin Joseph
Jeremy Trueblood
Jeremy Zuttah
Dan Buenning
Anthony Davis

DEFENSIVE LINE (9)
Gaines Adams
Chris Hovan
Jovan Haye
Kevin Carter
Greg White
Ryan Sims
Jimmy Wilkerson
Dre Moore
Greg Peterson

LINEBACKERS (7)
Derrick Brooks
Barrett Ruud
Cato June
Quincy Black
Adam Hayward
Matt McCoy
Geno Hayes

CORNERBACKS (5)
Ronde Barber
Phillip Buchanon
Aqib Talib
Elbert Mack
Eugene Wilson

SAFETIES (4)
Jermaine Phillips
Tanard Jackson
Sabby Piscitelli
Will Allen

KICKERS (1)
Matt Bryant

PUNTERS (1)
Josh Bidwell

LONG SNAPPER (1)
Andrew Economos

SUSPENDED LIST
Jerramy Stevens – will miss first two games of the season.

PUP LIST
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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