Clock ticking for Bucs to make decision on Simms

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

One way or another, the Chris Simms saga should be coming to an end soon.

The Bucs are telling other teams they have trade offers for Simms, according to a personnel executive for another team. Maybe they do have offers, but they haven't taken any of them yet. Or maybe the Bucs are just playing poker and trying to bluff other teams into thinking they have offers for Simms.

That's not unheard of as teams try to drive up potential trade values. But Simms, who hasn't played in a regular-season game in nearly two years, isn't likely to have much value. If the Bucs can get anything for him, they should take it.

If they can't, they'll have to fold their hand and cut him by 4 p.m., Saturday when rosters have to be down to 53 players. Then again, the way the Bucs have handled this whole situation, it's not out of the realm of possibility for them to put Simms on the 53-man roster. That would force any team interested in Simms to stop waiting for him to be released.