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Buccaneers final roster: Mossis Madu, Frank Okam and Larry Asante reportedly cut

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Aug 29, 2012; Landover, MD, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Mossis Madu (32) runs through a tackle by Washington Redskins cornerback Jordan Bernstine (48) during the second half at FedEx Field.  Mandatory Credit: Rafael Suanes-US PRESSWIRE
Aug 29, 2012; Landover, MD, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Mossis Madu (32) runs through a tackle by Washington Redskins cornerback Jordan Bernstine (48) during the second half at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Rafael Suanes-US PRESSWIRE

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have to cut down to a 53-man roster by 4 p.m. today, and they've already gotten off to a quick start, if some reports can be believed. First, there's Adam Caplan's report that the Bucs will release third-year safety Larry Asante. That would essentially guarantee Cody Grimm's spot on the roster, and help Keith Tandy make it as well. His release should come as no real surprise, given his lackluster preseason performances.

Second, defensive tackle Frank Okam tweeted out: "Thanks to the Bucs for the opportunity", clearly pointing to his release as well. Okam hasn't looked good this preseason, and he could really only make the roster if the team decided it needed more depth at the nose tackle position.

Finally, the Tampa Bay Times reports that Mossis Madu has been cut, per his agent. The second-year running back hasn't looked special this offseason, and he was essentially the team's fourth running back, making him expendable. The team is expected to go into the season with Doug Martin, Legarrette Blount and Michael Smith at running back.