Tampa Bay defensive end Kevin Carter decided to remain a Buccaneer Monday, choosing to sign a one-year contract with the Bucs instead of inking a two-year deal with the Oakland Raiders, according to the St. Peterburg Times.
Carter, who turns 35 in September, was released by Tampa Bay on Feb. 27. He was scheduled to earn $3.8 million in base salary and have a team-high $5.8 million cap value in 2008. By releasing Carter and DE Greg Spires on the same day, the Bucs created $9.227 million in cap room.
The Bucs used some of that cap room to help improve their defensive line by signing free agent defensive ends Jimmy Wilkerson and Marques Douglas, who previously played for Kansas City and San Francisco, respectively.
Wilkerson and Douglas will compete with Carter, Gaines Adams, Greg White, Patrick Chukwurah, Charles Bennett and Marquies Gunn for playing time and/or roster spots this year.
A former first-round draft pick with the St. Louis Rams, Carter has recorded 100 career sacks and 770 tackles as a member of the Rams, Titans, Dolphins and Bucs. Last year, Carter notched three of Tampa Bay's 33 sacks and 73 tackles in 16 games (14 starts).
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