The Atlanta Falcons have re-signed linebacker Bruce Carter to a one-year extension, the team announced Monday.
Carter, who turns 31 on Feb. 19, played 11 games with the Falcons in a backup role after joining the team in September after Atlanta's defense became riddled with injuries. He recorded 21 tackles.
His last sustained starting experience came in 2014 with the Dallas Cowboys, who drafted the linebacker in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft. Carter registered 82 tackles and a career-high five interceptions in Dallas in 13 games (eight starts) that season.
But after starting 32 of 49 games with the Cowboys in his first four seasons (2011-14), Carter has started just four of 52 games since 2015.
In his eight career seasons, Carter has 327 tackles, 5.0 sacks and five interceptions in 101 games (36 starts) with the Cowboys, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2015), New York Jets (2016-17) and Falcons.