- Pat Yasinskas, ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter
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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.
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.