Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Bucs Sign LB Adarius Glanton from Panthers

Possibly needing a fresh infusion of depth at linebacker, the Bucs have plucked second-year player Adarius Glanton off Carolina's practice squad.


Adarius Glanton is getting a promotion and a new home office, but he won't have to leave the NFC South.

On Monday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed Glanton, a second-year linebacker out of Florida Atlantic, off the Carolina Panthers' practice squad. To make room for Glanton on their own 53-man roster, the Buccaneers waived safety Kimario McFadden.

Adding depth to the linebacking corps may have become a more significant priority on Sunday when linebacker Bruce Carter left the game in Indianapolis to be evaluated for a concussion. In addition, starting middle linebacker Kwon Alexander is facing a potential four-game suspension from the NFL.

Glanton (6-1, 230) has experience playing in a Panthers' scheme that bears some similarities to the Buccaneers' defensive approach. He saw action in 10 games for Carolina as a rookie, starting two at strongside linebacker, and recorded 12 tackles and a forced fumble. He also started in one and appeared in both of the Panthers' postseason contests, adding one stop.

The Panthers first signed Glanton as an undrafted rookie in 2014. He started the season on Carolina's practice squad but later earned a promotion to the active roster. In addition to his work in the defense, Glanton also played on special teams and contributed three kick-coverage tackles. Glanton went back to training camp with the Panthers this summer but was waived during the final roster cuts and signed back to the practice squad.

McFadden has been on the Bucs' roster since November 10, seeing action in two of three games since returning to the team. He has primarily played on special teams, notching one assist on kick coverage against the Colts on Sunday. He also went to camp with the Buccaneers this summer and had a brief stint on Tampa Bay's practice squad last year.

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