Ian Rapoport reports the Jets have agreed to terms with linebacker Bruce Carter.
LB Bruce Carter is signing with the #Jets, source said— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 2, 2016
Carter had visited with the Jets earlier this week.
A second round pick out of North Carolina in 2011, Carter had spent his first four years with the Cowboys before signing with the Buccaneers in free agency a year ago. That did not pan out as Carter lost his starting job before the season began. Still, the Bucs were interested in Carter for a reason. He had a record of solid play with Dallas.
This addition helps build depth at the linebacker position. My guess is he will be the first backup for David Harris and Erin Henderson. He has displayed some solid cover skills in the past so Carter might see some time on passing downs. I could even conceivably see him getting a chance to battle Henderson for the starting job.
Carter also could help on special teams. He tied for Tampa Bay's team lead in special teams tackles a year ago. He was something of a blocked kicks artist in college, registering 7 in his college career, including 3 blocked punts in a single game, although that skill has not been on display in the NFL.