Carter was having a solid for the Patriots until he tore his left quadriceps tendon in Week 14 against the Denver Broncos. In 2011, the defensive end notched 10 sacks, 30 tackles and two forced-fumbles.
It was noted that Carter wanted to return in the off-season and, surprise, the New England Patriots didn’t want to pay him what he was requesting. This led to him trying out for several teams in the off-season including the Arizona Cardinals and the Raiders. Many wanted Carter to come back as he added to the pass-rush that allowed the team to be 14th in the NFL in sacks. But with the play of first round pick Chandler Jones (12 tackles, one sack, two FF), his presence and play has been filled quickly.
As for his signing with the Raiders, Carter’s presence will be felt immediately. Coming into Week 4 of the season, the Raiders have only gotten only three sacks. That’s the third-worst in the NFL, only ahead of the Jacksonville Jaguars (2) and tied with three other teams. The Raiders have also allowed 794 passing yards and six touchdowns (second-most in league).
Whether Andre Carter is in shape is still in question. Athletes are never in “game-shape” until they begin playing, but if he is near the status he was before going down with his season ending injury, then the Raiders are getting a solid pass rusher because they desperately need it.