LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 11: London Fletcher #59 of the Washington Redskins greets Andre Carter #93 of the New England Patriots after the game at FedEx Field on December 11, 2011 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
Andre Carter, a former defensive end/outside linebacker for the Patriots, has been looking for another chance to show what he's got in the NFL. And it appears that the Cardinals have interest in giving it to him.
On Tuesday, Carter worked out for the Cardinals, hoping to get signed and secure a roster spot as a situation pass rusher for the team. But at the ripe age of 33 and coming off a torn quadriceps muscle, that might not be the best idea.
Carter, despite being 33, did have a good season with the Pats last year before getting injured. He registered 10 sacks last season and he has 76 for his career. But with an injury like the one he had and his age continuously becoming a bigger factor, I am not one to think the Cardinals should sign him.
Arizona has been down this road before with their pass rushers. Remember Joey Porter? Everyone was excited when he was signed by the Cards, mainly due to his rapport as a pass rusher and his pedigree. Unfortunately, it just didn't work out. He obtained six sacks in his two seasons as a Cardinal. Guess how old he was when he signed with the team? 33.
The Cardinals could have never known, though. He wasn't injured and he came off a season where he had nine sacks with the Dolphins. So they should simply trust their instincts and past experiences to know that Carter might not be a great fit. There is a reason all of these other teams that he has worked out for are passing on him.
I know Carter wouldn't be a starter like Porter was, but Porter wasn't coming off an injury and he wasn't a better 4-3 player like Carter is. Even as a third down pass rusher, I prefer Quentin Groves or even Jamaal Westerman. Youth and speed is the trend in the NFL. It would behoove the Cardinals to stick to it.
What do you think? Should Arizona give Carter another shot in the league? Tell us in the comments section.