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Buccaneers sign linebacker Bruce Carter

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' defensive facelift continues.

The Bucs announced Wednesday that they have signed outside linebacker Bruce Carter. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that Carter inked a deal worth $20.5 million over four years.

Tampa Bay additionally announced the release of defensive end Michael Johnson. Left tackle Anthony Collins has also been cut.

Carter comes to the Bucs after spending his first four seasons with the Cowboys, who selected him in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft. The versatile Carter came on strong in his final season in Big D, finishing with 68 tackles, one sack and a team-best five interceptions.

He'll pair with Lavonte David to form a strong linebacker core for the Bucs. As for the Cowboys, they have work to do at linebacker after losing both Carter and Justin Durant in the first two days in free agency.

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