The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are officially on the board in free agency, and have filled a need by signing former Cowboys linebacker Bruce Carter the team announced on Wednesday. The deal is reported to be four-years, $20.5 million.

Carter is one of the fastest linebacker in the NFL and was timed at 4.39 at his pro day at North Carolina in 2011, and Bucs head coach Lovie Smith and general manager Jason Licht are looking to add speed to the linebackers this offseason. Even after missing three games in 2014, Carter still had 75 tackles and led Dallas with five interceptions. Carter was also a special teams standout in Dallas, blocking a punt in 2014.

Tampa Bay most likely are looking at Carter to play the middle, although he could be viewed as a SAM linebacker position and Danny Lansanah, who filled in for Mason Foster last season at times, moving to MLB. The Bucs could also look to draft a middle linebacker in the upcoming NFL Draft as well.
Cowboys LB Bruce Carter had 5 INTs last year – Photo by: Getty Images
Carter (6-1, 230) comes to Tampa Bay after spending his first four seasons with the Dallas Cowboys (2011-14). In his four-year career, Carter has started 32-of-49 games played, totaling 235 tackles, 14 passes defensed, five interceptions (returned 72 yards, one touchdown), 3.0 sacks and seven special teams tackles. Carter also started both postseason contests for the Cowboys in 2014, registering 14 tackles and three passes defensed. In 2014, Carter’s five interceptions led all linebackers and ranked as the third-highest total in the league.

Originally a second-round pick (40th overall) by the Cowboys in the 2011 NFL Draft, Carter played collegiately at North Carolina, where he earned second-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors as a junior. As a senior, he was a finalist for the Butkus Award, given annually to the best linebacker in college football.

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bveghte
bveghte
6 years ago

He has been Quincy Black 2.0 most of the past 5 years. Came on last year, but Dallas still didn’t want him. Let’s hope it just took him a while to learn the Tampa 2 scheme and now he’s turned the corner to being a solid player.

georgehicks
georgehicks
6 years ago

Well buc fans tampa did something correct.go bucs

KINDERRT
KINDERRT
6 years ago

This looks like a I hope it turns out signing. Would like to sign Melton as a insurance for McCoy for rotation on the D-Line.

cremdonado
cremdonado
6 years ago

now we have gotten our feet wet…It may not be a flashy signing but it could be a solid pick up~only time will tell.Maybe a few other holes will get filled now that we have dodged the high price tagged bullets of FA…

makski
makski
6 years ago

Does anyone know if he played middle or outside LB in college? I like the signing and am glad we got someone. I am happy we passed on all the high priced guys, none of them were worth it, especially the O-linemen. Now we should send the plane to Wisniewski and give him the star treatment. Do not let him leave until he signs on the dotted line! He is better than any of the OL who have signed already with other teams and will come cheaper. I only hope that he is OK playing at G and not C.… Read more »

pinkstob
pinkstob
Reply to  makski
6 years ago

No he didn’t. He was an OLB and one of the fastest I ever saw on the field. I still am not sure he will be a MLB for us since he’s never done it.

KINDERRT
KINDERRT
6 years ago

After looking at his size I believe he is a little light for a Mike. Need someone bigger in the middle, maybe Anthony in the draft.

makski
makski
Reply to  KINDERRT
6 years ago

Doesn’t the Tampa2 usually have a smaller type MLB? They need the speed to drop into coverage and need to be solid tacklers, which Carter seems to be. Or, we put him outside with David and get someone else for the middle. If we can get Wisniewski to sign, I am fine with getting the MLB in the draft, but, if we can’t get him, I really want us to go C/OG with the second pick. Hopefully the Seminole.

KINDERRT
KINDERRT
Reply to  makski
6 years ago

makski, yes tne Tampa2 does have smaller MLB but he is listed at 230lb that is a little small for me. Tampa2 is built on speed but to me 230 is a little light but I believe Quarels was around 235 I believe but could be wrong.

VTBucs
VTBucs
Reply to  KINDERRT
6 years ago

Luke Kuechly is 238

cgmaster27
cgmaster27
6 years ago

I love the deal too. It’s worded so it’s basically a 1 year 4.25 million dollar deal. If he sucks we cut him next year with no cap hit at all. Personally I love this signing now. With his speed I wouldn’t be surprised if he played inside for us. We really need to sign Morgan now.