With second-year defensive end Adrian Clayborn, who led the Bucs in sacks last season with 7.5, officially on injured reserve, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had a roster spot open and a need for a pass rusher.
They filled that spot on Wednesday with the signing of veteran defensive end Jeff Charleston.
Charleston is currently in his sixth NFL season. He entered the league in 2006 as a undrafted free agent with the Houston Texans. Charleston spent the 2007 season with the Indianapolis Colts, and was with the New Orleans Saints for the last four years.
During his career, Charleston has been used mainly as a situational pass rusher. He has played in 65 career games (four starts) and recorded 114 tackles, 8.0 sacks, four passes defensed, three forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery.
Charleston will likely see the field on Sunday when the Bucs take on the Washington Redskins, but he will not be the starter at right end. Filling in for Clayborn in the starting lineup, at least for the time being, will be Daniel Teo'-Nesheim.
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