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Sunday, February 22, 2009
Bucs looking into keeping Carter

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

Although it's a virtual certainty Tampa Bay will make some changes on its defensive line, the Bucs are trying to keep one piece in place.

A league source said the Bucs are making an attempt to re-sign defensive end Kevin Carter, who is scheduled to become a free agent later this week. With the Bucs expected to look to get younger in many areas under new coach Raheem Morris, Carter may be a bit of an exception.

Carter will turn 36 in September. But he played well in 2008, especially early in the season. The Bucs may look to add another starter opposite Gaines Adams in free agency or the draft and use Carter as a backup in a rotation.

No deal has been reached, but the source said it could happen before Friday.