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The Lions are hosting a former second-round pick on a free-agent visit Thursday.

Linebacker Bruce Carter, who spent four years with Dallas before joining Tampa Bay in 2015, will be in Allen Park as the Lions look for more depth at linebacker.

Carter, 28, has experience playing middle, weak-side and strong-side linebacker, which would help him fit in with a versatile group of Lions linebackers. He visited the Jets on Wednesday.

USA Today was the first to report that Carter would visit the Lions.

The Buccaneers cut Carter earlier this month just one year into his four-year, $17 million contract. Carter played 14 games but had just three starts last year, finishing with 47 tackles, two sacks and two passes defensive.

In 2014 with the Cowboys, who drafted him in the second round in 2011, he had five interceptions, but his most productive season was in 2013, when he started 13 games and had 96 tackles, both career highs.

Right now, the Lions project to have DeAndre Levy on the weak side, Tahir Whitehead in the middle and Josh Bynes on the strong side, but all three linebackers can play multiple positions. The Lions have rotated linebackers frequently under defensive coordinator Teryl Austin, so even someone who joins the team as a backup this year would have a chance to contribute on defense.

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