Carter has rare athleticism for a linebacker, but instincts, durability and general effectiveness have been an issue his whole career. It's possible that coach Todd Bowles could get Carter to overachieve, though.
The 28-year-old will be on the hunt for a new team for the second consecutive offseason after posting a career-low 47 stops over 14 games in 2015. Carter's stint with the Bucs got off on shaky footing when he was beaten out by rookie Kwon Alexander for the middle linebacker job early in training camp, and he was unable to regain his job until Alexander began serving his four-game PED suspension in December. Carter did acquit himself reasonably well in his starting opportunities, posting 28 stops and two sacks over three games. A solid tackler with sideline-to-sideline speed, Carter should find some interest in the open market, most likely during the second wave of free agency.
The Bucs are expected to release Bruce Carter , the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Carter, a notable free agent signing by the Bucs last year, lost the team's starting middle linebacker job this past season to Kwon Alexander, and wound up with 47 tackles and two sacks in 14 games in 2015, including just three starts.
The 27-year-old was outstanding while co-leading the Bucs defense in stops on the afternoon, and he amassed 28 tackles over the last three weeks while filling in for the suspended Kwon Alexander. He also impressively brought down the quarterback twice over the final three games, coming just one short of the total he amassed in his four-year Cowboys career. Carter was also second amongst the linebackers in sacks despite only starting the last three games of the season. Although he was signed as a free agent in the offseason with the intention of having him man the Mike linebacker position in Lovie Smith's defense, Carter managed to keep a positive attitude after getting beat out by Alexander in preseason, and proved his worth in the latter's stead the last three weeks. A good tackler with sideline-to-sideline speed, Carter will provide outstanding depth in the middle in 2016, and could very well also compete for one of the outside linebacker spots.
Bruce Carter posted eight tackles (four solo) and a pass defensed in Sunday's 26-21 loss to the Bears.
The five-year pro was back on the field as the suspended Kwon Alexander's replacement, after having missed the Week 15 tilt against the Rams with foot and ankle injuries. Carter matched the season high in tackles that he'd amassed in his first start in Alexander's stead in Week 14, while also recording his second pass defensed of the season. The 27-year-old will get the call again in the season finale against the Panthers, and figures to be in for another active afternoon against Carolina's run-heavy attack and the rushing threat that Cam Newton presents.
|P2||8/19/16||@ WAS||7:30 pm|
|P4||9/1/16||@ PHI||7:00 pm|
|2||9/15/16||@ BUF||8:25 pm|
|3||9/25/16||@ KC||4:25 pm|
|5||10/9/16||@ PIT||1:00 pm|
|6||10/17/16||@ ARI||8:30 pm|
|8||10/30/16||@ CLE||1:00 pm|
|9||11/6/16||@ MIA||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 11|
|14||12/11/16||@ SF||4:05 pm|
|16||12/24/16||@ NE||1:00 pm|
|2015||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||14||47||30.0||17||2||0||0||0.0||0||0||2|
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