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Buccaneers sign Jeff Charleston to add defensive end depth

Tampa Bay made a roster move on Wednesday by signing defensive end Jeff Charleston.

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With starting defense end Adrian Clayborn out for the year with a knee injury, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had to go out and sign another defensive end to fill the void at that position. The Bucs went out and signed free agent defensive end Jeff Charleston. Charleston is a six-year veteran and has played in 65 games in his career with four starts, 114 tackles, eight sacks and three forced fumbles.

Charleston spent the last three seasons with the New Orleans Saints, including playing with the 2009 Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints where he saw action in all 19 of their games that year. In 2012, Charleston was briefly with the Minnesota Vikings, but he was cut when rosters had to be trimmed down to 53 players.

SB Nation's Buccaneers blog, Bucs Nation theorizes how Charleston will be used:

Daniel Te'o-Nesheim and George Johnson are more likely to actually take snaps at the position than Charleston, however. Johnson has been inactive the past two weeks, but looked capable in limited time last year. Meanwhile, Te'o-Nesheim has flashed as a pass rusher in the past and has been Clayborn's main backup this season.

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