If Cadillac returns, who do the Bucs trade-in?

At this point, it almost seems a foregone conclusion that Tampa Bay will activate running back Cadillac Williams, which it has until Wednesday to do.

But what’s just as interesting as whether they activate Williams is whom Tampa Bay would release to make room for him.

Chances are, it will be running back Michael Bennett, whom Tampa Bay traded for last season. Bennett has been the Buccaneers lost man in the backfield. The key question for Tampa Bay will be the health of its other running backs, Ernest Graham and Warrick Dunn. Graham has a knee injury, Dunn a pinched nerve in his back.

If one of those backs is healthy, then the most logical move for Tampa Bay to make would be to release Bennett. And now, moving it even further forward, if the Buccaneers release Bennett, then there would have to be a handful of teams that would consider putting in a waiver claim for him. It is a list that could include Kansas City, New Orleans, Denver and Pittsburgh.

But that’s a story for Thursday. The first story comes Wednesday, if and when the Buccaneers officially activate Williams.

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