The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have nearly reached the time of year dreaded by players all around the league: preseason roster reductions.
The hardest part of these preseason cuts is letting go of the players who are clearly talented but for whatever reason just couldn't rise to the occasion. Whether it's injury or an overabundance of depth at a certain position, there are many factors outside of just talent that can put a player out on the street.
The Buccaneers have both problems. Players like Da'Quan Bowers cannot prove themselves to the new coaching staff standing on the sidelines in a hat and slippers. But the Bucs also have the enviable problem of having a deluge of talent at the wide receiver and running back positions. Hard decisions will have to be made before the start of the regular season.
Of all of the potential cuts the Bucs will have to make in the coming weeks, the following five players will be the hardest to release.
Some have shown something special or possess rare talent but may be victims of the numbers game. Others are on the verge of ending their Buccaneer careers on the sidelines. The outlooks vary based on individual circumstances.
Here are the five hardest cuts the Bucs front office might be forced to make over the next two weeks and the likelihood that they will remain in Tampa.