Remember that roster spot opened a few hours ago by the departure of offensive lineman Joseph Barksdale? Well, it’s not there anymore. The Oakland Raiders have announced the signing of pro-bowler defensive end Andre Carter, conceivably getting the best player that was still on the market.
Carter to the Raiders was not a out-of-nowhere deal. The Silver & Black hosted the former 49er, Redskin and Patriot twice for workouts. The first one came during training camp. On September 18th, Carter was brought for a second closer look by the coaching staff. The Raiders were one of the teams monitoring Carter’s situation closely, as the player was recovering from a torn quadriceps tendon suffered on December 18th, 2011 that put an end to his lone season in New England, where he finished the year with 52 total tackles, 10 sacks, 2 forced fumbles and a selection to the Pro Bowl. The move also reveals that the Raiders must be concerned with the team’s lack of pass rush so far: Oakland’s defense has only recorded 3 sacks in 2012, which ranks for 30th in the league (tied with the Jets), only better than the Jaguars (2).
The 6’4, 255 defensive end will enter his 12th season in the league and has recorded 494 tackles and 76 sacks overall, with a season-high of 12.5 sacks in 2002. The 33-year old was born in Denver but attended Oak Grove High School in San Jose, California. The former California Golden Bear was a first round pick (7th overall) by the 49ers in 2001. Carter will wear number 97 and is expected to make an immediate impact in a much-needed situational pass rusher duty.
Andre Carter claims to be 100% healthy and expects to play against the Broncos on Sunday. Wonder how ready Carter think he is? “If I wasn’t ready, I wouldn’t be here”, said the defensive end.