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The Buccaneers need help on the defensive line.
Sophomore DE Da'Quan Bowers suffered an Achilles tear in the middle of the offseason, and free-agent signee Amobi Okoye, DT, went under the knife for knee surgery.
I'm pretty sure that Greg Schiano has "HELP WANTED" signs posted all over One Buc Place.
So we turn to Andre Carter—the 12th year man out of the University of California.
In his fourteen games with the Patriots, he recorded 10 sacks, two forced fumbles and 32 solo tackles. For all the flack that the Patriot defense received last season, those are some pretty sweet numbers.
Unfortunately for Carter, he had to end the 2011 season early with a torn quad muscle. Because of the uncertainty surrounding his recovery, the unrestricted free agent has not received any contract offers yet this offseason.
I say that the Bucs should swoop in now to add a veteran presence to a D-line that is set to start only one man over the age of 26 (Adrian Clayborn is 24, Brian Price is 23, Gerald McCoy is 24 and Michael Bennett is 26).
If the team waits for Carter to recover before trying to sign him, the Bucs will likely lose out to the Patriots—who have a leg-up in re-signing the vet, as Carter awaits a longterm deal from New England..
Even if the Bucs sign him and he can't play in 2012, Tampa Bay can still move Carter to the injured reserve.
Really, what is there to lose?