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    ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 04: Golden Tate #15 of the Detroit Lions beats Bruce Carter #54 of the Dallas Cowboys to the end zone to score a touchdown during the first half of their NFC Wild Card Playoff game at AT&T Stadium on January 4, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Mike Stone/Getty Images)

    The Cowboys lost a starting linebacker basically as soon as free agency started on Tuesday afternoon when Justin Durant left to sign a free agent deal with the Atlanta Falcons.

    On Wednesday, another starting linebacker for the Cowboys bolted when Bruce Carter signed a new four-year deal with the Tampa Bay Bucs.

    Carter only received minimal interest from the Cowboys to come back, as they were more set on bringing back Durant and fellow free agent Rolando McClain, who's still on the market.

    The freakishly athletic linebacker had a Cowboys tenure full of peaks and valleys, but finished the 2014 season playing perhaps better than he ever had.

    Carter led the NFL in interceptions by a non-defensive back with five, and had one in each of the Cowboys' final three games, and most of those came in crunch time.

    He started only eight games in 2014, as the linebacker corps was basically a rotating injury, and missed three with a quadriceps injury.

    He finished the year with 75 tackles, one sack, four tackles for loss, three quarterback pressures and eight pass breakups.