Tampa Bay Buccaneers cut two players to reach 85-man roster limit

The deadline for NFL teams to make roster cutdowns from 90 players to 85 is 4 p.m. eastern today. The league has changed the process from one painful weekend of cuts to three days over a two-week period.

To comply with the first round of cuts, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers made a pair of roster moves to bring their roster to the 85-player limit. The team waived wide receiver John Franklin III (failed physical) and guard Donell Stanley (injury).

On the next two Tuesdays, the Buccaneers will trim their roster — first, by five players, then final cuts by 27 players on August 31. All NFL teams must meet the 53-man roster limit by 4 p.m. eastern on August 31 to start the regular season.

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