Team Releases DE Michael JohnsonThe Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced today that they have signed free agent linebacker Bruce Carter and released defensive end Michael Johnson.
Carter (6-1, 230) comes to Tampa Bay after spending his first four seasons with the Dallas Cowboys (2011-14). In his four-year career, Carter has started 32-of-49 games played, totaling 235 tackles, 14 passes defensed, five interceptions (returned 72 yards, one touchdown), 3.0 sacks and seven special teams tackles. Carter also started both postseason contests for the Cowboys in 2014, registering 14 tackles and three passes defensed. In 2014, Carter’s five interceptions led all linebackers and ranked as the third-highest total in the league.
Originally a second-round pick (40th overall) by the Cowboys in the 2011 NFL Draft, Carter played collegiately at North Carolina, where he earned second-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors as a junior. As a senior, he was a finalist for the Butkus Award, given annually to the best linebacker in college football.
Johnson, who joined with the Buccaneers in 2014, started 13-of-14 games played last year, registering 27 tackles, five tackles for loss, 4.0 sacks and two forced fumbles in his one season with Tampa Bay.
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