1. He has experience starting.
Carter has been a starter for three of his four seasons in the NFL. He's started 32 games over the course of the past three seasons.
2. He broke out in his second season.
In 2012, Carter was named the Cowboys' full-time starter at inside linebacker and had the best season of his career. Despite missing five games with an injury, he finished second on the team with 70 tackles.
3. He's versatile.
Carter had played three different linebacker positions during his tenure in Dallas. He played inside linebacker his first two seasons before moving to weak side outside linebacker in his third year. Last season, he transitioned from the weak side to the strong side.
4. He performed well in coverage in 2014.
Carter was active in pass coverage this past season. He recorded five interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown. He tipped away an additional eight passes.
Photos of new Tampa Bay Buccaneer LB Bruce Carter from his time with the Dallas Cowboys. (AP Photos)
- He is a former skill player.**
In high school, Carter played quarterback, safety and running back. He ran for 1,063 yards and 15 touchdowns while passing for 585 yards and an additional five scores. His primary position was safety, though. He was the No. 33 safety prospect in the country as a senior before being converted to linebacker in college.