Carter the Next Target
Free agent defensive end Kevin Carter, released by the Dolphins on Friday, will visit the Bucs Monday as Tampa Bay attempts to beef up a lackluster pass rush.
Carter's agent, Harold Lewis, said Tampa will be the former Pro Bowler's first, and hopefully last, visit.
"If the coaching (staff) and management like what they see and we can get a deal done, then I see no reason for him to take any other visits," Lewis said.
"They're one of the teams he's fascinated by the chance to play for."
One factor working in the Bucs' favor is that Carter, a former UF standout and native Floridian, would like to remain in the state. Other interested teams include the Denver Broncos and Tennessee Titans, though no other visits have been scheduled.
Lewis portrayed Carter as a player who would be an asset on and off the field.
"On the field, he's what they're looking for, but off the field, he'd be a great addition for them," Lewis said. "He's a great guy to have in the locker room, a guy who can mentor young players."
Carter's also a pretty formidable player. The two-time Pro Bowl selection has 97.5 career sacks and started 16 games for Miami in 2006 with 5.5 sacks. And he is renowned for his durability, having never missed a game in his 12 NFL seasons.
In 1999, as a member of the Rams, Carter posted a league-high 17 sacks -- the most by a Rams player since Jack Youngblood's 18 in 1979. If the Bucs reach a deal with Carter, it is unclear what that might mean for right defensive end Greg Spires. Carter also played RDE for Miami, plus Spires has a base salary of $4.5-million for 2007.
Keep checking here and see tomorrow's St. Petersburg Times for more free agency developments. They seem to change by the minute.