As I stated more than 2 weeks ago, the Buccaneers had a few players who would likely end up as cap casualties before free agency began. Bruce Carter was one of the top names on that list.
Bruce Carter - LB - $4.25 million
Folks will look at the Bucs' LB corps and say the Bucs need veteran linebackers to provide depth. I will address those concerns once we get to free agency later in the week on this feature. For now, Carter is grossly overpaid as he was initially brought in to be the Bucs' starting middle linebacker. I would be willing to talk to Carter about a new contract and cap number, but his $4.25 salary is not staying on my books.
This was what I wrote about Bruce Carter at the beginning of my series on "How to Make the Bucs Great Again." It now appears as if this move will indeed be made.
According to various media reports, the Buccaneers will release Carter on Monday and save his $4.25 million cap number.
Bruce Carter was initially brought in to be the Bucs middle linebacker. After Kwon Alexander's explosion as a rookie, justifying Carter's salary is simply impossible. Add in the fact that the Bucs will be running a new style of defense, Carter just didn't fit into the plans at his salary.
Other names to keep an eye on when it comes to cap casualties could include TE Brandon Myers ($1.9 million cap number), DE George Johnson ($2 million cap number), and OL Evan Smith ($2.5 million cap number).