Defensive end Andre Carter is looking for a new home after a solid season thriving with the New England Patriots. Carter registered ten sacks last season before being done in by a quadriceps injury. The Patriots had signed him to a one year deal but decided not to bring him back, freeing him up to look for another roster position.
Since then, Carter has been wandering through the league looking for a roster spot. Today he tried out for the Oakland Raiders in hopes of earning a roster spot. Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle managed to get this quote from Carter after the workout.
"I’ve got to stay low key," Carter said after his workout. "If it works out, God willing …"
Carter has played both defensive end as well as linebacker in 3-4 defensive sets — which the Raiders will use on occasion this season.
"We’re shaking all the bushes," coach Dennis Allen said, "and seeing what falls out, and if we feel like we’ve got something that can help us, we’re going to do it."
Bill Williamson of ESPN believes this would be a good personnel move for the Raiders; Carter could be utilized perfectly in passing situations where his ability to rush the quarterback could come in handy. He also has experience in a 3-4 defense and knows how to bring pressure in a scheme where the linebackers generally bring the rush. Carter has 76 sacks since coming into the league in 2001.