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Bucs re-sign Keith Tandy, release Bruce Carter

Keeping Keith Tandy around is a boost on defense and on special teams.


Keeping Keith Tandy around is a boost on defense and on special teams.



The Bucs announced Tuesday that they've re-signed safety Keith Tandy to a new contract and released linebacker Bruce Carter one year into his four-year contract.

Tandy as an unrestricted free agent and could have signed with another team Wednesday at 4 p.m., and keeping him around is a boost on defense and on special teams. Carter, signed to a four-year, $17-million contract last year, only had one year guaranteed, so his deal ends up being one year and $4.25-million. The Times' Rick Stroud was the first to report his release Monday.

Carter's release, paired with the Bucs opting not to tender restricted free agent Danny Lansanah, means the Bucs will likely have a new strongside linebacker in 2016 -- it's possible Lansanah could re-sign for less money, but the team is still likely to address the position, in free agency and/or the draft.

Tandy, 27, reset his career high with 42 total tackles in 2015, and he has four interceptions in his four NFL seasons since the Bucs drafted him in the sixth round out of West Virginia in 2012.

Carter, 28, was signed to be the Bucs' starting middle linebacker, but lost that job in training camp to rookie Kwon Alexander. He started three games after Alexander was suspended in the final month of the season, but his 47 total tackles were his lowest since his rookie year; after leading all NFL linebackers with five interceptions in 2014, he had none in 2015. The Bucs take no salary-cap hit due to his release -- he had a roster bonus of $750,000 due this week had he not been cut.

[Last modified: Tuesday, March 8, 2016 5:27pm]


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