By Jason La Canfora
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, March 13, 2006 6:30 PM
The Washington Redskins agreed to terms with free agent defensive end Andre Carter this afternoon, according to league sources, adding a pass-rushing threat to their already strong defense. Carter, 26, was Washington's top target for its defensive line, and he spent the weekend here before heading to Denver for a visit with the Broncos.
Carter, whose father Rubin is a former position coach with the Redskins, was selected seventh overall by San Francisco in 2001, and he spent his entire career there, posting 12 1/2 sacks in his second season. Terms of the contract were not immediately available, but league sources expected it to be worth about $30 million over six years, with at least $11 million guaranteed, given the other contracts signed by those already in free agency. Carter has also played linebacker in a 3-4 system, which the Redskins employ on certain occasions.
When Carter left Redskins Park on Sunday, team officials welcomed John Abraham, the other top defensive end available, for a visit. Abraham, who is being shopped by the New York Jets, met coaches and front office personnel Sunday night and left Redskins Park this afternoon. Carter was Washington's first choice, however; Abraham has been on the trade market for weeks and would likely require at least a first-round pick in return.
Carter spent part of his youth in Denver, where his father played for years, and told the Redskins that he felt a pull to at least visit with the Broncos given his ties there. With he and safety Adam Archuleta on boards, the Redskins have made significant additions to their defense and will likely add depth at cornerback and linebacker as well, although with less high-profile players.