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Bruce Carter visits Buffalo Bills in 2016 NFL free agency

Carter would become an early favorite to replace Nigel Bradham if signed

The Buffalo Bills are hosting free agent linebacker Bruce Carter on a free agent visit to One Bills Drive on Friday, according to a report from Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Carter was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in early March, one year into a four-year, $17 million free agent deal he signed with the team last spring. The 28-year-linebacker was let go for financial reasons after failing to lock down a full-time starting gig in his only season with the Bucs. He has also had free agent visits with the New York Jets and the Detroit Lions this week.

The former second-round pick of the Dallas Cowboys in the 2011 NFL Draft started for the Cowboys for most of his final three seasons there. In his five pro seasons, he has accumulated 289 tackles, five sacks, five interceptions (all of which came in 2014 with Dallas), and 16 defended passes in 63 career games.

In Buffalo, Carter would instantly emerge as a front-runner to replace Nigel Bradham, who left for Philadelphia in free agency, in the starting lineup. The 6'2", 240-pound 'backer profiles as a weak-side player in the Ryan brothers defense. The price, of course, has to first be right, and the Bills don't have much money to spare at the moment.