Oakland Raiders sign Andre Carter

The Oakland Raiders signed former New England Patriots defensive end Andre Carter, who was still being looked at by the Pats. The Raiders worked out Carter twice, and they have a big need for a backup pass rusher at defensive end to help boost the pass defense overall.

Carter recorded ten sacks for the Patriots last season, and he was one of the best DEs in the NFL against the run last season. The Raiders have a great duo at DE with Matt Shaughnessy and Lamarr Houston, but Jack Crawford and Dave Tollefson leave a lot to be desired as backups.

An injury risk, the 33-year-old reportedly showed a lack of explosion and severely declined as a pass rusher during his other workouts with two NFC West teams in the St. Louis Rams and Arizona Cardinals. Recovered from a severe quadriceps injury, Carter still has a lot to offer to a team as a veteran backup who can get a heavy dose of snaps in the rotation as a No. 3 DE. Carter will hold that role with Oakland; a team that has only generated three sacks so far this season.

Although he is not 100% recovered from his torn quad injury, Oakland decided to sign Andre Carter, but he has had to sign injury waivers as a result. It’s a good fit for both teams and a good risk taken by the Raiders. They need a better backup DE, especially with regards to rushing the passer. Even though Carter is a better run stopper, he can still provide a good pass rushing source if healthy.

In news surrounding the New England Patriots, Tom Brady has been listed on the injury report with that shoulder injury; a running gag, really. Brandon Lloyd has been removed from the injury report after being listed, for some reason, questionable leading up to last week’s game against the Baltimore Ravens. Lloyd, of course, tore up Cary Williams to the tune of nine catches for 108 receiving yards.

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