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Tampa Bay Buccaneers will look to add 3-4 players off waiver wire



Regardless of the Bucs looming cuts today, the final 53-man roster won't be set until early next week.

That's because general manager Mark Dominik plans to add 3-4 players who are cut by other teams today.

Dominik views the next few days almost as important as the second day of the NFL draft. In many ways, by targeting a few players on the waiver wire or vested veterans who become free agents, Dominik believes he can spare having to use a few picks in the NFL draft next April to fill those needs.

There are several areas where a lack of depth is a big concern for the Bucs. Start with the offensive line. The Bucs released center Sean Mahan because of his dismal performance in the preseason. The Bucs already have claimed center Jonathan Compas off waivers from the Raiders and signed guard Marcus Johnson, who also was released by Oakland.

James Lee, who started Friday's final preseason game at left guard, had a brutal night. He was penalized twice and gave up what appeared to be a sack fumble after moving to left tackle before the play was reversed after an instant replay review.

Defensive back also is a concern. Safety Tanard Jackson, who did not play well in the preseason, is suspended for four weeks for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Outside of cornerback Elbert Mack and safety Will Allen, the Bucs have very little depth in the secondary.

 So get too caught up in the 53 players than remain on the Bucs' roster later this afternoon. There are bound to be more changes.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:40pm]


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