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 12 years ago '05        #451
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Bucs Pump Up Pass Rush with Carter
On Sunday: FB B.J. Askew
Keep an eye on the draft, too, with the Road to the Draft series

DE Kevin Carter has enjoyed success at each of his first three NFL stops, and he'll try to make it four in Tampa

Mar 05, 2007 -

Kevin Carter is 2.5 sacks shy of hitting 100 in his long and successful NFL career. Chances are, he’ll move into triple-digit territory as a Tampa Bay Buccaneer.

The two-time Pro Bowl defensive linemen – to categorize him as an end or tackle would be to ignore how effortlessly he has shifted between the outside and the inside during his career – signed with the Buccaneers on Monday. The move bolsters a pass rush that was considered a major point of emphasis heading into this offseason and continues a very busy first week of free agency for Tampa Bay.

The NFL’s free agency period began on Friday, March 2. Over the first four days of the open market, the Buccaneers have signed four free agents from other teams – Carter, quarterback Jeff Garcia, defensive end/linebacker Patrick Chukwurah and fullback B.J. Askew – signed two of their own unrestricted free agents – cornerbacks Phillip Buchanon and Torrie Cox – and traded for the rights to quarterback Jake Plummer.


A 6-6, 305-pound linemen who has always been considered a very complete player against both the run and the pass, Carter has been remarkably consistent over his 12 years in the NFL. Playing for the St. Louis Rams (1995-2000), Tennessee Titans (2001-04) and Miami Dolphins (2005-06), he has appeared in 192 consecutive games and had at least 5.5 sacks in 11 of his 12 seasons.

In all, Carter has 97.5 career sacks, including 5.5 and six over the past two seasons in Miami. He set a career high with 17 sacks in 1999, his first Pro Bowl season, and most recently hit double digits in 2002, his second Pro Bowl campaign. Carter’s career statistics also include 533 tackles, 18 forced fumbles, 13 fumble recoveries and 22 passes defensed.



Carter has been one of the NFL’s most durable players of the last decade. Like his new teammate, linebacker Derrick Brooks, he has played in every game since entering the league as a first-round draft pick in 1995 (Carter was sixth overall, Brooks 28th). Omitting kickers and punters, that 192-game streak shared by Brooks and Carter is the fourth-longest active one in the league, following those of Brett Favre (239), Will Shields (224) and Lorenzo Neal (208).

Amazingly, Brooks and Carter are also dead even in games started, as each of them has been in the opening lineup for 189 of those 192 games. Carter has started every game of every season except 2000, his last year in St. Louis. He has never had fewer than 34 tackles in a season and only in 2001 dipped below the 5.5-sack mark.

Along the way, Carter has played for four playoff teams and won a Super Bowl championship ring with the St. Louis Rams in 1999. In his eight postseason games, Carter has added 20 tackles, four sacks and two forced fumbles. In the Rams’ Super Bowl x*xIV win over Tennessee, he got to Titans quarterback Steve McNair for his third sack of that playoff run.

After six years and 62.5 sacks in St. Louis, Carter was traded to those Titans for a first-round draft pick following the 2000 season. He played four seasons in Tennessee, averaging 73 tackles per season and hitting a sack high of 10.0 in 2002, as the Titans came up one game short of the Super Bowl. Carter was released by Tennessee shortly before the start of free agency in 2005 and quickly signed by the Dolphins. He went on to start 32 straight games at left defensive end for Miami, contributing 11.5 sacks and 97 tackles.

Though his reputation in coming to the Titans in 2001 was built on his edge rushing and high sack totals, he broadened his career while in Tennessee by playing extensively at defensive tackle. Easily big enough to handle the rigors of the interior game, he gave the Titans’ defensive line very useful versatility. In 2004, for instance, Carter started nine games at defensive tackle and seven at defensive end, finishing with a career-high 82 tackles to go with six sacks.

Carter has 14 multi-sack games on his resume, including four in which he recorded three takedowns of the quarterback. Carter’s 97.5 sacks rank fourth among active NFL players, though only second on the Buccaneers’ roster. Fellow defensive end Simeon Rice is second on that list with 121 sacks.

In four seasons at Florida, Carter played in 47 games and started 37, finishing his collegiate career with 203 tackles and 21.5 sacks. After an 11.5-sack campaign in 1994, he was a consensus first-team All-America choice. The 33-year-old Carter was born in Miami and played his high school ball in Tallahassee.

 12 years ago '05        #452
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Mar 06, 2007 -

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were extremely busy over the first four days of the NFL’s open market, adding a.ssets to the defensive line, the running back corps and, most especially, the quarterback stable. But there was little doubt that the team would address the offensive line at some point in free agency, and that point proved to be Tuesday afternoon.

That’s when the Buccaneers announced the signing of versatile and experienced lineman Luke Petitgout, a New York Giant for his first eight NFL seasons. As is team policy, terms of Petitgout’s contract were not released.

Petitgout has played for just one NFL team but his professional career has been anything but limited. The Giants have made great use of the former Notre Dame standout’s versatility, starting him at left guard (1999), right tackle (2000-01) and left tackle (2002-06). Petitgout excelled wherever he was employed and will give his new team multiple options for the front line in 2007.

Petitgout became a free agent when the Giants released him and several other veterans in a series of cap-related moves prior to the start of the new league year. The Buccaneers, who have invested significant time and resources in reshaping their own offensive line, were only too happy to see the former first-team Sports Illustrated All-Pro on the market.

Like several of the Bucs’ other early targets in free agency – Kevin Carter, Jeff Garcia – Petitgout is a recognized clubhouse leader, a pure football man who rarely takes a day off and is committed to his team’s goals. He will join a largely young offensive line that last year started rookies at both right tackle (Jeremy Trueblood) and right guard (Davin Joseph).

The 6-6, 310-pound Petitgout first entered the league as New York’s first-round pick in the 1999 draft, the 19th player selected overall. He appeared in 15 games as a rookie, starting eight at left guard. In 2000, he was switched to right tackle, where he started every game for a Giants squad that reached Super Bowl x*xV, which was played in Tampa.

After Lomas Brown departed for the Super-Bowl bound Buccaneers in 2002, Petitgout moved over to left tackle and helped pave the way for Tiki Barber’s breakout season. Barber would gain nearly 1,400 rushing yards during that campaign, and never again fall below 1,200 yards before his retirement following the 2006 season. Petitgout missed six games in 2003 due to a back injury but otherwise was in the starting lineup for all but one game from 2000-05.

His final year in New York was marred a bit by injury. He started the first nine games as the Giants opened with a 6-3 record but was one of a long list of New York starters to go down during the season’s second half. On November 12, Petitgout sustained a fracture to a non-weight-bearing bone in his left leg and was done for the year.

The 30-year-old Petitgout hails from Georgetown, Delaware.

 03-06-2007, 07:22 PM         #453
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that n*gga better stay healthy

 12 years ago '05        #454
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we contending again

Bucs Nab June!
Tampa Bay made another big free agent strike on Saturday, signing coveted free agent LB Cato June, a Pro Bowl defender who has topped 100 tackles each of the past three seasons

Mar 17 - In a move that unquestionably strengthened their defense, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed unrestricted free agent linebacker Cato June, the leading tackler this past ...

 03-17-2007, 01:43 PM         #455
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 12 years ago '05        #456
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The Bucs hope a pair of former first-round picks, CBs Phillip Buchanon and Sammy Davis, will provide through free agency some of the depth missed in lean draft years
Filling the Void

Mar 31, 2007 -

In the last six months, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have added two veteran cornerbacks who could fill potential gaps in their secondary, this season and in the future. Interestingly, those two defenders – Phillip Buchanon and Sammy Davis – might also erase another type of void that has been five years in the making.

The 2002 and 2003 NFL Drafts passed without the Bucs executing either of their original first-round picks . Those two selections (plus second-rounders in 2002 and 2004) were shipped to the Oakland Raiders in February of ’02 as part of the deal that freed up Head Coach Jon Gruden to make his bay-to-bay switch.

Obviously, the Bucs knew well in advance of draft weekend during those two offseasons that they would be idle in the first round. Presumably the team could have lopped a few days off their scouting timeline in the springs of 2002 and 2003. They could have sent their scouts and personnel folks home early a few days a week, told them not to bother scouting, say, Dwight Freeney or Jordan Gross. Barring the most unusual of draft-day trades, the Bucs weren’t going to be anywhere near the clock when such highly-regarded prospects had their names called those two April afternoons.

But, of course, they did no such thing. Tampa Bay scouts worked as hard in ’02 and ’03 as they do every year. And that’s part of the reason Buchanon and Davis are Buccaneers now. Buchanon was snapped up last October 17 after being released by the Houston Texans, then re-signed on March 2 after very briefly becoming an unrestricted free agent. Davis joined the Bucs 11 days later as an unrestricted free agent, just a few weeks after being released by the San Francisco 49ers.

Buchanon and Davis originally entered the NFL as first-round picks in 2002 and 2003, respectively. Buccaneer scouts, diligently doing their homework, had scouted the two in their entry years, which formed the basis of the team’s internal report on each player – updated since, of course. Tampa Bay liked what it saw four and five years ago and, despite some ups and downs for both players, remained intrigued in 2007.

“You do a lot of work on these guys in your draft meetings for a reason,” said Gruden. “Inevitably, they’re all going to become free agents. There are a lot of traits that they had coming out that we liked. Just because it didn’t work out where they were for two or three years doesn’t mean you won’t like him, the coaches won’t like him.”

If Buchanon and Davis stick in 2007, they will have in essence filled the void created by those lost first-round draft picks…almost to the exact pick. Buchanon was the 17th overall pick in 2002, by the Oakland Raiders; had the Bucs retained their first-rounder that year, they would have been selecting 21st. Davis was the 30th overall pick in 2003, by the San Diego Chargers; had the Bucs retained their first-rounder that year, they would have been selecting 32nd.

Those are coincidences, of course, and there’s no reason to believe Buchanon and Davis would have ended up as Bucs without the Jon Gruden trade. After all, both of them went off the board just before Tampa Bay would have picked. In addition, the Bucs probably would have had quite a few players in whom they were interested during those two opening rounds.

But what the Bucs did draft in the first rounds in ’02 and ’03 was nothing. Was it worth it? Of course. Led by Gruden, Tampa Bay won its first Super Bowl title after the 2002 season. Still, the absence of those four premium draft picks (don’t forget the two second-rounders) and some attendant salary cap restrictions left the Bucs short on roster depth during injury-plagued campaigns in 2003, 2004 and 2006. Every general manager in the league knows that it is essential to reload through the draft in order to effectively manage the cap.

So, while the Bucs have recovered over time in terms of both draft-pick depth and salary cap maneuverability, it would be a nice bonus if Buchanon and/or Davis gave the Bucs a little delayed payoff on the ’02 and ’03 drafts. Gruden believes both players can be significant a.ssets in 2007.

“We’re really fired up to have Buchanon back,” he said. “He’s a natural cover guy. He needs to settle in at one place and become a football player again. The thing in Oakland didn’t work out, it didn’t work out in Houston. He’s a Florida guy. He brings us a little swagger, a little confidence and a lot of speed. I think his return ability is also something that we need. He could make a big play for us.

“Sammy Davis – the Candy Man, I call him. He’s a number-one pick out of Texas A&M, a big-sized corner. Sometimes these guys they regain their groove.”

Buchanon played three seasons with the Raiders and had 11 interceptions in that span, but was traded to Houston before the 2005 season for second and third-round draft picks. He played in 10 games before landing on injured reserve with an ankle ailment in his first year with the Texans, then saw action in four more contests in 2006 before being released. As Gruden mentioned, Buchanon has excelled as a return man, too, running three punts back for touchdowns. He played in 10 games and started the last four for the Buccaneers, pulling in two interceptions. At 26, he is still in his prime.

Davis jumped right into a starting spot as a Charger rookie in 2003 and had his finest season to date, with 58 tackles, two interceptions and eight passes defensed. He was slowed by a leg injury in 2004 and had fallen out of favor in San Diego by 2005. After his third season with the Chargers, he was traded to the 49ers for another first-rounder who hadn’t yet lived up to his promise, wide receiver Rashaun Woods. Davis had 30 tackles and six pass break-ups in his one season in San Francisco but was released on February 26. He will celebrate his 27th birthday a week from Sunday.

Obviously, Buchanon and Davis would still be battling each other in the AFC West if their careers had gone as well as hoped when they were drafted, and they wouldn’t have been quite so available to the Buccaneers. For instance, Tampa Bay would have loved to have signed defensive end Dwight Freeney, a fellow first-rounder with Buchanon in 2002, but the Indianapolis Colts locked him down with the franchise tag and its promise of a huge one-year salary.

Still, the cross-league moves by Buchanon and Davis are actually as common as Freeney’s story. Surprisingly, of the 32 players drafted in the first round in 2002, exactly half of them have already left their original teams; some have made at least two switches and a few are no longer in the league.

Buchanon and Davis are still playing, though, and there is reason for the optimism they’ve given their new team. The Bucs believe their coaching staff can help these two former first-rounders get their careers pointed back in the right direction.

“Phillip Buchanon, Sammy Davis…some of the guys we were able to get maybe weren’t as notable in some people’s eyes but I think they’re important signees,” said Gruden. “I think [Defensive Backs Coach] Raheem Morris is fired up to have two young guys who have kind of been on a rollercoaster in terms of their careers. They both have talent. It’s fun to come to work today every day with two young guys who have talent and also have something to prove. We’ll see what happens. It will be interesting, I’ll say that.”


 12 years ago '06        #457
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They both have so much upside..I think with our coaching staff and the legacy that our D carries that the bucs are bound for great things this up comming season..

 12 years ago '05        #458
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Phillip was good in Oakland beside the whole not tackling anybody thing but other than that he'll help out in coverage and with the return game... let his a.ss return kick offs we are the only team in the league to never return one for a TD EVER...

 12 years ago '05        #459
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^^ smh I know.........we gettin one this year

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