March 12, 2010

Carter on the Way Out?

DE Andre Carter is reportedly unhappy with the 'Skins upcoming switch to a 3-4 defense. He has been involved in trade rumors for Rams DE Adam Carriker according to NFL Network's Jason La Canfora.

In addition to being the team's best pass rusher, Carter has been a model of class throughout his time in DC. He is more of a 4-3 defensive end though, and so the 'Skins could part ways with him.

I got to know Carter a bit during my time covering the Redskins this year. He is genuinely friendly and is a great interview. He takes time for everyone and played his heart out this past year.

Carter is a guy you want in the locker room, but it seems like he has finally tired of the tumultuous nature in Washington. Add the fact that he has struggled in the past at OLB (where the 'Skins want him to play this year), and it adds up that Carter might want a change of scenery.

It's tough to let guys of Carter's character go, but with the team taking a different direction, some good players are going to get left behind. It's unfortunate that it could be Carter, but football is a business.

Carriker is a prototypical 3-4 end who split time at tackle and end with the Rams after being drafted three years ago. He would provide quality depth and perhaps start at DE for the 'Skins.

Update: Redskins Insider has stated that Carter isn't unhappy with his situation, but overall I'm getting the vibe that he wouldn't be adverse to a trade.

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