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DE Carter talking to Bucs but keeps options open

Free agent Kevin Carter's talks with the Bucs are ongoing, but that doesn't mean the 13-year veteran isn't open to other suitors.

Carter was en route Tuesday evening to California, where he was scheduled for a daylong visit with the Raiders, one of several teams interested in the 34-year-old defensive end. The trip coincides with Carter's trip this week to Hawaii, where player union representatives are holding an annual meeting.

The status of Carter's negotiations with the Bucs is unclear. Carter was released Feb.  27, a few days before he was scheduled for a $2-million roster bonus. He had three years remaining on his deal and was slated to earn $3.8-million in base salary this fall.

His departure would leave the Bucs with a void at left end. Gaines Adams is capable of playing there, but he was the starter at right end during his rookie season in 2007. Greg White, though surprisingly successful in his first full NFL season in 2007, has never been a full-time starter. The Bucs also signed Chiefs free-agent end Jimmy Wilkerson, but he is expected to be a reserve.

WR Fitzgerald staying

Two-time Pro Bowl receiver Larry Fitzgerald signed a $40-million, four-year contract with the Cardinals just before leaving on a South American vacation.

The deal includes a guaranteed $30-million and a no-trade clause.

"This is what I wanted to happen," he said on a conference call during an airport layover. "There was a great deal of dialogue through this whole process and everybody got what they wanted."

Arizona wanted to restructure Fitzgerald's incentive-laden rookie contract because he had reached many of the benchmarks and was to receive $14.6-million in 2008 and nearly $17.4-million in 2009.

MOSS CASE: A woman who got a restraining order this year in a domestic violence case against Patriots receiver Randy Moss wants the case dismissed, court records show. Rachelle Washington, 35, filed papers March  3 with the Broward County Circuit Court clerk's office requesting that the order be dissolved and the case closed.

CHIEFS: Free-agent receiver Devard Darling, a former Florida State standout, signed after four seasons with the Ravens.

FALCONS: Quarterback Joey Harrington signed a two-year deal a week after the team cut him.

LIONS: Ex-Bucs defensive lineman Chuck Darby signed a three-year deal nearly a week after agreeing to terms.

PANTHERS: Receiver Dwayne Jarrett was arrested on suspicion of driving while impaired in Charlotte. He was taken to jail and released on $1,000 bond. Police spokesman Lt. Sergio Carrera said Jarrett, 21, was pulled over at 3 a.m. Tuesday and failed field sobriety tests.

SEAHAWKS: Veteran college assistant Kasey Dunn was named running backs coach.

Information from Times wires was used in this report.

DE Carter talking to Bucs but keeps options open 03/12/08 [Last modified: Thursday, October 28, 2010 9:36am]

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