Buccaneers shore up depth at DE

September, 26, 2012
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, seeking to overcome the loss of defensive end Adrian Clayborn to a season-ending injury, announced Wednesday they have signed defensive end Jeff Charleston.

He spent the past four seasons with the New Orleans Saints and broke into the league with the Indianapolis Colts in 2007. I wouldn’t expect any miracles out of Charleston, but at least the Bucs have a pretty good idea of what they’re getting.

Charleston has been a steady backup throughout his career and was part of a Super Bowl champion in New Orleans. Charleston has played in 65 games with four starts. He has eight career sacks and 114 tackles while forcing three fumbles. He also was a regular on special teams for the Saints.

At least for the time being, the Bucs are expected to go with either Daniel Te’o-Nesheim or George Johnson starting in Clayborn’s place. Charleston likely will start off as a backup, but could work his way into the starting lineup once he learns the defensive system.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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