Tony Carter will play at least one more season for the Denver Broncos after the defensive back signed his 2013 free agent tender worth $715,000.
Carter was not a starter in 2012, but he did see the field often in certain formations, including the nickel packages. He led the team with 12 passes defended and ranked first in the entire NFL in fewest completions allowed with 27 and met the criteria of at least 60 passes attempted in his direction.
Carter was signed by the Broncos in 2009 as an undrafted free agent and then played a year with the New England Patriots before returning to the Broncos in 2011. He played three games that year, including both playoff games before Carter broke out in the 2012 season with 27 tackles, two interceptions, 12 passes defended, one interception return for a touchdown and a fumble returned for a touchdown as well.
Carter stepped up when free agent addition Tracy Porter was unable to shake some seizure symptoms that kept him out of nearly the entire season. Porter now has signed with the Oakland Raiders and hopefully he can stay healthy enough to play at the level he is capable of.
The Broncos brought in Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, but they may be trying to get Champ Bailey to move to safety, which would allow Carter to still receive plenty of playing time.
It will be interesting to see if the Broncos add more depth in the secondary through the draft, but as it stands now Carter will still be a part in the defense.