Last year, the New England Patriots received a huge pass rushing boost from veteran defensive end Andre Carter when they picked him up in the offseason. Not only that, but he proved to be a top run-stopping threat. However, the Pats did not re-sign him, since Carter is looking for a multi-year deal and wants too much money. He’s highly effective when healthy, but he is an injury risk especially at 33.
Andre Carter is still looking to sign on to an NFL team, and he worked out yesterday for the Oakland Raiders. He is still trying to work back from a serious quad injury that required surgery. The Raiders already have a tough defensive line with four starters locked in. Lamarr Houston and Matt Shaughnessy make up a hard-nosed defensive end duo, so Carter wouldn’t be under much pressure if he signs with the Raiders.
The St. Louis Rams are also settled on the defensive line, as they have one of the game’s top pass rushers in Chris Long with second-year DE Robert Quinn on the opposite side. After a promising rookie year, many believe that Quinn is poised for a breakout season. Carter is scheduling a visit with the Rams, and he would be a good backup on a pretty young defensive line that also features rookie defensive tackle Michael Brockers.
In either scenario, Carter would be placed in an ideal situation where he can be a good backup and receive limited snap counts as he recovers from a torn quad. The more he talks and visits with other teams, the more ridiculous the question “Will Andre Carter go back to the Pats?” seems.
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