Andre Carter was a one year signing for the Patriots last offseason and he worked out very well, managing 10 sacks, despite tearing his quad in December and landing on IR. That torn quad injury, as well as his age, 33, has left Carter still on the open market without a suitor. Even though he is still not 100%, Carter has been working out for the Patriots and with team doctors as they try to evaluate whether or not he has anything left.
Carter was incredibly productive in New England’s system last year. They could still sign him, even though they have solid depth at defensive end with Trevor Scott coming in as a free agent, as well as two rookies, Chandler Jones and Jake Bequette, an incumbent Brandon Deaderick, who can play defensive end and defensive tackle, as well as two linebackers, Dont’a Hightower and Rob Ninkovich who can play there.
His age and his injury history are major red flags, but there’s really no hurt for the Patriots to bring him into camp and have him compete for a roster spot. They love using many different front 7 players and Carter was good enough last season to suggest he could still have something to offer this season. If the Patriots don’t offer him a contract, it’s unclear who will. There’s a slight chance Carter could be done at age 33.