Love was released by the Buccaneers on Thursday, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.
The Bucs got a jump on Saturday's roster-trimming deadline by cutting the veteran defensive lineman loose. Love had signed with Tampa on Aug. 16 after spending the last six seasons with the Panthers, but the team's improving depth apparently made him expendable.
The Buccaneers inked Love to a contract Monday, Albert Breer of TheMMQB.com reports.
The 33-year-old played a role in Carolina last campaign, suiting up for 422 defensive snaps and supplying eight tackles (five solo) through 15 games. Love is expected to perform in a depth capacity in 2020, should he earn a roster spot.
Love signed a one-year contract with the Panthers on Monday, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.
Love played in all 16 games for the Panthers in 2018, recording 19 tackles (12 solo), one sack and three forced fumbles. The 32-year-old veteran played 400 defensive snaps, which was his highest total since 2012. Love will continue to provide depth for the Panthers' defensive line next season.
Love logged three tackles (two solo), one sack and one forced fumble, which he also recovered, during Sunday's 24-10 loss to the Falcons.
Love notched his first full sack of the season during the Week 16 loss. The 32-year-old veteran has played 400 defensive snaps this year -- his highest total since 2012 -- and he's already logged more forced fumbles (three) this season than he had in his entire career.
Love had 16 tackles and a career-high 3.5 sacks in the 2017 season.
Love filled the role of a rotational defensive tackle, rarely playing more than 25 defensive snaps in a game. The 31-year-old was able to play all 16 games for the first time since the 2012 campaign, showing he can still handle the rigors of NFL play at his age.
Love (ankle) will play in Sunday's game.
Love had been nursing an ankle injury prior to Sunday, but having practiced this week without any setbacks it seemed likely he would suit up.
Love (ankle) was a full participant in Friday's practice and remains questionable for Sunday's matchup with the 49ers.
After not practicing Thursday, Love's chances of suiting up Sunday seemed grim. Things took a favorable turn, though, and with Vernon Butler (knee) doubtful for the season opener, Love could be positioned for extra work.
Panthers' General Manager Marty Hurney said that Love (ankle) was on track to play Sunday against the 49ers, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.
The Panthers rotate their defensive tackles generously, so even if Love is in the second rotation, expect him still to make it on the field a good amount of times. However, due to the shared reps, it hurts Love's chances of becoming a serious fantasy performer.
Love is out with an ankle injury, Jourdan Rodrigue of the Charlotte Observer reports.
The severity of Love's ankle problem isn't clear. He's likely in danger of missing the Panthers' preseason opener Wednesday against the Texans.
Love re-signed Wednesday with the Panthers on a two-year extension, Max Henson of Panthers.com reports.
The Panthers have made maintaining their depth along the front four a priority in free agency, as Love is the fourth defensive lineman to re-sign with the team this offseason. Love is expected to serve in a reserve capacity at defensive tackle in 2017 after logging 16 tackles and 1.5 sacks in 10 games last season.
Love (knee) is inactive for Sunday's tilt with the Chiefs.
Love is sidelined with a knee aliment, leaving Vernon Butler and Paul Soliai as the only healthy backups at defensive tackle Sunday.
Love re-signed with the Panthers on Tuesday, Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer reports.
The Panthers brought back the defensive tackle after Vernon Butler suffered a high-ankle sprain. Love was among the final cuts by the Panthers at the end of the preseason. He recorded 19 tackles and three sacks in 15 games with the Panthers last year, and while he isn't expected to start, he could take the field in certain packages and could potentially play a role on special teams.
Love was among the Panthers' final roster cuts Saturday.
Love, who posted 19 tackles and three sacks last season, signed a one-year deal to remain with the Panthers in April, but fell down the pecking order after the team spent its first-round pick on fellow defensive tackle Vernon Butler and signed veteran Paul Soliai this offseason. With established starters Kawann Short and Star Lotelelei around as well, Love was the odd man out at the position and will now look to add depth elsewhere this season.
Love appears to have cleared concussion protocol, ESPN's David Newton reports.
Love was seen walking to practice Monday with his helmet in hand, indicating he's ready to return from last week's hit to the head. Having him available gives the Panthers another big body along their defensive front, where Kawann Short, Star Lotulelei and Vernon Butler lead the interior line options.
Love is going through the concussion protocol after taking a hard hit on Tuesday, David Newton of ESPN NFL Nation reports.
Love was checked out by doctors on Tuesday and is still suffering concussion symptoms. His absence shouldn't impact the team too much, as he's near the bottom of the defensive line depth chart. His status for Saturday's game against the Titans is unclear at this time.
Love has signed a one-year deal to remain with the Panthers.
Love played 15 games for the Panthers last season, including two starts at defensive tackle, finishing with 19 tackles and matching his career high of three sacks as well. In returning to the Panthers, Love helps solidify Carolina's depth options in the middle of their defensive front.
Panthers starting defensive back Thomas DeCoud is inactive for Saturday's game against the Cardinals after battling a hamstring injury all week.
DeCoud, who has 50 total tackles in 15 games with one interception, was considered doubtful on the team's final injury report of the week.
Other inactives for Carolina include: James Dockery , A.J. Klein, Kyle Love , David Foucault, Amini Siatolu and Frank Alexander.
The Panthers are 5 1/2-point favorites heading into the matchup.
The Panthers have ruled the following players as inactive for Week 17 against Atlanta: cornerback James Dockery. tackle David Foucault, linebacker A.J. Klein, safety Robert Lester, defensive tackle Kyle Love, guard Amini Silatolu, and running back DeAngelo Williams.
Williams was listed as probable heading into Sunday's game with a hand injury. Coach Ron Rivera chose to keep him inactive and roll with the hot hand, Jonathan Stewart, in the starting lineup. If Carolina wins on Sunday, Williams can return to action in the postseason.
A quartet of injured Panthers have landed on their inactive list for the Sunday game against the Browns. Among them are running back DeAngelo Williams (hand), cornerback Carrington Byndom (hamstring), linebacker A.J. Klein (knee) and guard Amini Silatolu (knee).
The healthy scratches are safety Robert Lester, defensive tackle Kyle Love and offensive tackle David Foucault.
The Panthers announced a couple of roster moves following a Week 15 victory over the Buccaneers. The team waived defensive tackle Micanor Regis and signed defensive tackle Kyle Love, according to the Charlotte Observer. Love started 24 games for the Patriots from 2011-12.
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