Andre Carter Signs With New England Patriots, Makes Announcement On Twitter

CHICAGO - OCTOBER 24: Andre Carter #99 of the Washington Redskins rushes against Brandon Manumaleuna #86 of the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on October 24 2010 in Chicago Illinois. The Redskins defeated the Bears 17-14. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Andre Carter; Brandon Manumaleuna

Former Washington Redskins pass-rushing specialist Andre Carter has signed with the New England Patriots

We are now firmly well-entrenched in the era of professional athletes announcing changes in their employment status on twitter. The newest case is that of defensive end/outside linebacker Andre Carter, most recently of the Washington Redskins. The transition to a 3-4 defense wasn't too kind to Carter last season and he was let go by the Skins, and per his twitter announcement, he's taking his talents to Foxborough to play for the New England Patriots.

Though Carter struggled last season, he did rack up 11 sacks in 2009, so he's obviously a competent pass rusher. Here's what our New England Patriots blog Pats Pulpit had to say about the signing.

For the Patriots, Carter would likely be primarily used as a pass rush specialist on third downs with his hand in the dirt. At 6'4", 257 lbs, he has the size and characteristics to play 3-4 outside linebacker (would probably be more comfortable on the right side). However, based on his experiment with the team at that position last year, my guess would be that he is limited in that role.

The Pats have also signed Shaun Ellis and Mark Anderson, so it seems like beefing up the pass rush through any means necessary was a priority for Bill Belichick in the offseason. For more on Carter and the Patriots, visit Pats Pulpit.

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