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September 26, 2012 @ 11:53 am
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Bucs Add DE Depth, Sign Charleston To Replace Clayborn

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With defensive end Adrian Clayborn out for the season with a knee injury, and Da'Quan Bowers ineligible to return from the PUP list until October, the Buccaneers added free agent Jeff Charleston to the roster on Wednesday.
With defensive end Adrian Clayborn on the injured reserve after suffering a knee ligament injury on Sunday at Dallas, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced today that they have signed DE Jeff Charleston to provide depth across the defensive line.

Charleston is in his sixth season in the NFL after spending four seasons with the New Orleans Saints (2008-11) and one with the Indianapolis Colts (2007). He has played in 65 career games with four starts, recording 114 tackles, 8.0 sacks, four passes defensed, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. Additionally, he has recorded 34 tackles on special teams.

As a member of the 2009 Super Bowl XLIV Championship team, Charleston saw action in all 16 regular season games and all three playoff contests that season. Charleston originally entered the league as a rookie free agent with the Houston Texans in 2006.

Clayborn led the Bucs with 7.5 sacks as a rookie in 2011, but had yet to make an impact through the first three games, totaling just three tackles before being injured on Sunday.

Earlier this year, during offseason workouts, most felt the defensive line was much better than last season in the event of a rash of injuries. Brian Price was expected to be in much better shape and health, and Tampa Bay had added veterans Amobi Okoye, Wallace Gilberry, Gary Gibson, and Jayme Mitchell to the roster.

But Da’Quan Bowers suffered an Achilles injury that required surgery in the spring, Price, Okoye and Gilberry were released, and Mitchell quit the team in training camp leaving the Buccaneers once again thin across the defensive line.

A notable free agent defensive end that could still be a possibility is Andre Carter, who finished last season with the Patriots. Carter was selected No. 7 overall in the 2001 NFL Draft by the 49ers and also spent time with the Redskins before joining the Patriots last season. Before being injured last December tallied 10 sacks, 52, tackles and two forced fumbles.

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    Great post and review of the draft picks Morgan1672! Every team has successes and failures with their draft picks. We fans often get too caught up in what round certain players were chosen. The real value is what our team is doing on the field...regardless what round a player was chosen. This coach appears not to care what round a player was picked...if he produces, he stays...if he doesn't he goes. I've posted several times that nobody in their right mind expected our team to be 3 & 0 at this time. What we hoped for was an improvement over last year's embarrassment...and that's what we have thus far...in spite of a new system, all new coaches, a number of new players, and apparently fans who expect a Super Bowl every year. Certainly, I often second guess coaching decisions...and player actions...and yes, even draft choices; but if I were really good at any of those, I wouldn't be confined to posting on a team web site!
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    stats don't lie. 22 games, 47 tackles, 39 of them solo, and 7 sacks. i think you are overemphasizing him coming off a 2 sack game, it was 5 sacks in the prior 21 games. remember where he was drafted. there's no defending our drafting. it is becoming the stuff of legend at this point. PR itself has chronicled how poor it has been for years. if you choose to be up on mccoy after one good game, then defend the rest for me. not possible to do objectively. if we hadn't made so many mistakes even prior to that, we never would have been taking mccoy or price in the first place. backfilling is not moving forward. for the record, i am a season ticket holder and fly 1000 miles to the games, if you are more dedicated than that, my hat's off to you. yes, i am encouraged that we are better, but that was a given considering how out of his depth raheem was. we need better players. you can only get that by drafting well and then topping it off with free agents. dom and hickey are holding the franchise back. and again, we haven't even scratched the surface of the mistakes on offense, nor all of the many mistakes who aren't with the team or even in the league any more.
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    McCoy a bust - now that's the funniest thing I've read all week - thanks matador I needed the comic relief after our offensive showing last weekend. McCoy will be in the pro bowl this year.
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    EastEndBoy- agree "McCoy a bust"? I guess he hasn't watched one Buc Game this yr too bad he is really missing out on what is the best Dt play in the league
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    Wow, matador your pretty harsh there. Claiborn is a bust because of injury? McCoy is potential bust due to two severe season ending injuries? Grimm and Biggers were seventh rounders, where the logic in calling them a bust. Bowers needs to be given an opportunity. Hayward has been a solid 4th LB and special team demon for a sixth round. Injuries are a major part of the NFL, no GM can predict who will get injuried. Sure Mark Dominik has made some stupid moves (ie resigning Q Black to a crazy deal, signing Derek Ward, etc), but even the great GM do the same. I believe Mark Dominik drafts have gotten better each year. It looks like we finally have a good coach with great fundamentals. For god sake we just beat one of the hottest teams in the Panthers and made the Super Bowl winning Giants and a very talent Dallas team shake in their boots. We might not have won two of those games but the league now understands when they play the Bucs you better bring your lunch pale and a couple ice bags for you sore *censored*. This team is physical, tough and will not back down or give up to anyone. Remember the attitude of the Bucs needed to be changed, just like when Dungy came on board. We will win against the redskins on Sunday and maybe people will be positive again about this team
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    Spending high picks on players with physical problems going in, both known - Bowers and Claiborn, and not detected in pre draft work - Price, is unacceptable. Claiborn isn't on the list because of injury; he was contributing little, he is a one dimensional player like Adams was, once you have the tape on guys like that they're easily neutralized. Hayward isn't a solid anything but special teams player. That's like arguing STovall was a good pick. McCoy a pro bowler? The number of games he has had a meaningful impact on can be counted on one hand. Remember where he was drafted. The meter is running with him and all of the rest of these disappointments because we have to keep backfilling, instead of spending the next yr's picks on other areas of need (plenty of wasted picks on OL and WR as well). I'm not saying we can't be 'pretty good' but we will never be 'really good' until we break the cycle of wasting draft choices.
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    Let's face it, Malcolm & Co, Clayborn is a good, high energy guy, but just another in the long history of reaches by this personnel department, some of which were clear physical reaches we have no business making outside of later rounds, which has entombed us to mediocrity. To wit: Miller = bust. Price = bust. Black = bust. Black (the other one) = bust. Clayborn = bust. Bowers (most likely) = bust. Hayward = bust. Grimm = bust. Biggers = bust. McCoy (potentially) = bust. WHAT THE F IS GOING ON AT ONE BUC??? ARE THE GLAZERS PAYING ANY ATTENTION AT ALL? Show them this list and have them defend the personnel decisions being made. Only two words will suffice - CLEAN SWEEP. Enough! I feel like the fans are the only ones who care or are paying enough attention to what is going on here. I am a season ticket holder and fly 1,000 miles to attend games. Unless/until there is a regime change at the end of this season, I am done.
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    I haven't had a chance to comment much this week but it's a real shame that Clayborn is out for the year. Now we'll find out what our other DE's are made of until Bowers gets back.
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    Carter signed today with Oakland.
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    It's very sad that this even made it into print. Surely we can't be expecting anything from this guy...a perennial back-up on a team with bad DEs.....I agree with finding a rookie somewhere and giving him a shot...could it really be any worse than this decision?
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    At this point there is not much to choose from. I would rather we pull from the Practice Squad and let give a rookie a chance.
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    Is that Chris Simms in the picture? Another guy in to be replaced in a couple weeks.Seems like we could have figured out better D line depth before the season started now were left with s*&t! BIG MISTAKE imo.
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    we could always track down fat al... lol
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    Picture above proves what I've known for a while- Simms is special...
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    Well clearly Jongruden he must not be HEALTHY! I mean come on some Tampa Bay fans are ridiculous. Get out of here!
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    TombsEN- before you insult me read my entire post I said "IF" healthy and someone liked him enough he just signed with the Raiders
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    Andre Carter has visited with 4 teams since returning from a torn quadricep injury, most recently twice with the Raiders. Nobody has signed him. He hasn't even had a visit with the Pats for whom he had 10 sacks last year. According to Rotoworld, the Boston Globe reports that "he hs lost his burst and explosion off the ball". The Bucs have signed too many "coming off an injury" players in the recent past hoping they would be okay without much success. Time to move on!
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    If Carter is healthy I would sign him he had 10 sacks last yr compared to a guy who we just signed who had 8 sacks in 63 games, sigh
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