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Redskins Sign DE Carter, Meet with DE Abraham

The Washington Redskins continue to spend money like drunken sailors now that the new CBA has released them from the cap bind that they had put themselves in by spending money like drunken sailors. Len Pasquarelli reports,

Continuing their typically aggressive approach in the opening days of free agency, the Washington Redskins on Monday evening reached a contract agreement with unrestricted defensive end Andre Carter, a five-year veteran they hope will provide the outside pass rush the have been lacking. Carter flew to Washington on Monday night and will sign a six-year contract that is believed to be worth about $30 million. The former University of California star, who had played all of his career with the San Francisco 49ers, visited with Redskins officials over the weekend, but departed to consider his options. Denver which also needs an outside pass rusher, also was pursuing him.

Washington officials also met over the weekend with New York Jets defensive end John Abraham, who was designated a franchise player, but is on the trading block. The Jets are expected to demand a trade package involving a first-round draft pick, and Washington does not own a selection in the opening stanza of the lottery. Clearly, the Redskins decided it was easier to sign Carter rather than chase Abraham, who is set to meet with three other teams this week.

The Redskins, who statistically ranked No. 9 in total defense in 2005, had already added former St. Louis strong safety Adam Archuleta to their secondary.

Securing an explosive upfield rusher like Carter should further enhance an already strong defense, one that over the last two years has been forced to manufacture sack opportunities through the clever maneuvering of creative coordinator Gregg Williams. In Carter, who ranked No. 20 among’s top unrestricted free agents, the Redskins gain a rusher who at least has the potential to net double-digit sacks.

Amazing. Of course, the Skins have been signing up name brand free agents like this since Danny Snyder bought the team, so far without much success.

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