The New York Jets added depth to their linebacking corps, agreeing to terms Saturday with former Tampa Bay Buccaneers free-agent bust Bruce Carter, a league source confirmed. Carter will reportedly sign a one-year contract.
The Jets have signed two veteran inside linebackers in the span of 10 days. Carter and Erin Henderson, who re-signed last week, will compete for the inside slot alongside David Harris in the Jets' 3-4 defense.
Carter was released last month by the Bucs, only one year after signing a four-year, $17 million contract. He was signed to play middle linebacker, but he lost the job in the preseason to rookie Kwon Alexander. He was shifted to the strong side in Tampa Bay's 4-3 front, but that didn't work out, either.
The 6-foot-2, 240-pounder played 14 games in his only season with the Bucs, starting three and finishing with 39 tackles and two sacks.
Carter, picked 40th overall in 2011, was a player on the rise with the Cowboys. His best years were 2013 and 2014, when he recorded 96 tackles and five interceptions in those years, respectively.
The Carter signing was first reported by Sports Talk Florida.