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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed defensive end Marques Douglas to a four-year deal on Thursday. Douglas becomes the second defensive end to join the team in 2008 as Jimmy Wilkerson became a Buccaneer on March 1.

Douglas originally entered the NFL out of Howard in 2000. He has played for New Orleans, Baltimore and most recently San Francisco, where he's spent the past three seasons.

The 6-foot-2, 292-pound Douglas has notched 299 career tackles, 19 sacks and six forced fumbles. The Bucs could be looking at Douglas as a player that can play both defensive end and defensive tackle in their Cover 2 scheme.

Douglas, 31, who has played in 88 career games, notched three sacks for the 49ers last season. He started 47 of 48 games for San Francisco.

“I enjoyed my time with the 49ers,” Douglas told the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat. “I played with Bryant Young and Manny Lawson and Derek Smith and Jeff Ulbrich. Those guys love the game the way I love the game. And now I’m going to a team that has Derrick Brooks and Ronde Barber and a bunch of other great players who I’m sure love the game, too.”

The signing of Douglas likely means that the Buccaneers will let Kevin Carter go elsewhere. Carter signed a multi-year deal with Tampa Bay last year, but the Bucs released he and veteran defensive end Greg Spires on February 28, the eve of free agency, to avoid paying him a $2 million roster bonus. The 34-year old Carter, who recently visited the Oakland Raiders, had three sacks last year and was scheduled to earn $5.2 million with the Bucs in 2008.

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Scott Reynolds is in his 25th year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds spent six years giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: sr@pewterreport.com
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