Time running out for Bucs to trade Simms

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

When the Bucs trimmed their roster to 75 players earlier today, Chris Simms' name wasn't mentioned.

Man, this is just plain cruel. Barring a miracle -- like some team suddenly getting desperate enough to part with a seventh-round draft pick -- the Bucs are going to drag Simms right down to the wire. They'll cut him Saturday afternoon, which is what Simms has been begging for the last few months.

So why the dog-and-pony show of making Simms go through training camp and play in a couple of preseason games when its obvious keeping him wasn't really an option? The Bucs are ruthless, but they're not stupid.

They had an investment in Simms, who was their starter, until he lost his spleen following a 2006 game. They figured they might as well try to get something in return for him, even if it meant creating an awkward situation for Simms and the team.

That hasn't worked so far. Unless a potential trade partner finally flinches or some team has a quarterback injury in the final preseason game, the Bucs will have to cut Simms on Saturday.