Patriots officially add veteran defensive end Andre Carter to 53-man roster
|10.23.13 at 9:32 am ET|
The Patriots announced Wednesday morning they added veteran free agent defensive end Andre Carter to the 53-man roster and defensive tackle Sealver Siliga to the practice squad. In addition, they released cornerback Travis Howard from the practice squad.
Carter, 34, was with the Patriots during the 2011 season and earned his first Pro Bowl selection after registering double-digit sacks (10.0) for the fourth time in his career. He played in 14 games and finished with 59 total tackles, 10.0 sacks and two forced fumbles before being placed on injured reserve. The 6-foot-4, 260-pounder is a veteran of 12 NFL seasons with the San Francisco 49ers (2001-05), Washington Redskins (2006-10), Patriots in 2011 and the Oakland Raiders in 2012. Carter was released by Oakland on Aug. 31.
“We felt like he’d give us some things,” Belichick said. “We have a lot of respect for Andre. He’s a hard working guy that’s given us great leadership in the past and is a good teammate, I mean everybody loves Andre. But in the end, it still comes down to performance on the field and all that, so we’ll see.
“We played some 3-4 when he was here in ’11 and played 4-3 and he played probably more 4-3 out there [in Oakland], but similar.”
Siliga, 23, has spent time with San Francisco, Denver and Seattle since joining the NFL as a rookie free agent with the 49ers in 2011 out of Utah. The 6-foot-2, 325-pounder, was released by the 49ers at the end of his first training camp and was then signed to the Denver practice squad. He began the 2012 season on the Denver practice squad before being signed to the 53-man roster in September. He played in one game for Denver in 2012. Siliga was traded by Denver to Seattle in training camp this past summer and spent part of the year on the Seahawks practice squad before being released on Oct. 4.
Howard, 23, joined the New England practice squad on Oct. 16. He was originally signed by the Houston Texans as a rookie free agent out of Ohio State on May 10. The 6-foot-1, 197-pounder, was released by Houston on Aug. 27. He started every game as a junior and senior at Ohio State and totaled 81 tackles, six interceptions and 11 passes defensed during that time.
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