Bucs cut defensive lineman Johnson, add Dallas LB Bruce Carter
(BTLS Staff) TAMPA, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have ventured into the free-agent frenzy.
On Wednesday the team agreed to terms with former Dallas Cowboys linebacker Bruce Carter. The Bucs also announced they have released defensive end Michael Johnson.
Carter, 27, spent the first four years of his career in Dallas where he started 32 of 49 games. He compiled 235 tackles, 14 defended passes, three sacks, five interceptions and seven special teams’ tackles.
The 6’1”, 230-pound linebacker was drafted by the Cowboys in the second round – 40th overall – of the 2011 draft following his senior season at the University of North Carolina.
Carter started both playoff games for Dallas last year, registering 14 tackles and three defended passes. He led all NFL linebackers in interceptions in 2014 with five, third most in the league.
At UNC Carter was an All-ACC selection as a junior and during his senior year he was a finalist for the Butkus Award, given to collegiate football’s top linebacker.
Johnson, 28, signed with the Buccaneers in 2014 following five seasons with the Cincinnati. He started 13 of 14 games for Tampa Bay registering four sacks, five tackles for a loss and two forced fumbles.