Raiders look at Andre Carter


The Raiders had defensive end Andre Carter, who played for both Cal and the 49ers, in for a workout Tuesday.

After being evaluated by Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie and members of the personnel department, Carter good-naturedly waved off reporters who had questions.

“I’ve got to stay low key,’’ Carter said. “If it works out, God willing . . .’’

Carter, 33, is coming off a season with the New England Patriots in which he had 10 sacks and tied the club’s single-game sack record with four against the New York Jets.

However, Carter tore his left quadriceps tendon on Dec. 18 and missed the remainder of the season.

Coach Dennis Allen confirmed Carter’s presence and said, “We’re shaking all the bushes and seeing what falls out, and if we feel like we’ve got something that can help us, we’re going to do it.’’

Carter played as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense with both the 49ers under Mike Nolan, but has flourished as an end, with 10 or more sacks in three of his last five seasons and 76 for his career.

The Raiders are primarily a 4-3 team but have shown some 3-4 and plan have multiple schemes.

The Raiders currently have Matt Shaughnessy and Lamar Houston as the starting defensive ends, with Dave Tollefson in reserve and a rookie fifth-round draft pick in Jack Crawford.

Houston, however, can also play inside, and the Raiders plan to use a lot of different combinations along their defensive front.

Raiders go to regular season mode

In a departure from previous years, coach Dennis Allen took the extra step of instituting in-season media access, meaning reporters were restricted to the first half-hour of practice. During that time, the club goes through warm-ups and some drills, with the media being excused once they go to team sessions.

Every other season since 1996, practices were open all the way through training camp and practices closed once the team returned to its home facility in Alameda.

Players who were not present or did not appear to be practicing as the team sessions began included wide receivers Jacoby Ford (foot) and Denarius Moore (hamstring), running back Rashawn Jackson (hip), linebacker Aaron Curry (knees), center Stefen Wisniewski (calf), tackle Ed Wang (shoulder), tackle Zach Hurd (head), defensive tackle Richard Seymour (veteran’s day off) and defensive tackle Jamie Cumbie (foot).

Players who were back at practice included safety Michael Huff (paternity leave), quarterback Matt Leinart (lacerated right index finger) and wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey (shoulder).

The Raiders must cut the roster to 75 players by 1 p.m. on Aug. 7 (Pacific Time), with the 53-man roster finalized on Aug. 31 by 6 p.m.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • da trinity

    I’m not for all this gloom and doom cry baby crap some fans are expressing on this blog but the people complaining about the value we got for Murphy and big Bruce are on to something. If we would have kept both player untill at least the third preseason game we probably would get more in return especially for Murphy, considering all the other teams in the league hurting for Wr. Were not even at the max 90 player limit. Murphy could have been shinnig for us especially with the injuries we have to our Wr corps. Big Mac might have pulled the trigger a little to fast. But in the end does it really matter, its not like those two players were all pro, at best they were stop gaps. again we could have gotten better value had we waited, but does it really matter.

  • TxRaider210 Says:
    August 21st, 2012 at 5:07 pm
    Reg will do a pawn star move and get MJD for 3/mil a year.lol

    What are you smoking, and please save some for me.

  • New post.

  • StraightRaider

    I got my Monday Night tickets and I can’t wait.. Lets start the season off right by kicking the chokers Ass..Lets go raiders!

  • nyraider

    I like DA, but having Saunders as OC was no brainer IMO . Hiring Knapp was a risk. Knapp is not a bust yet and deserves 6 games before being evaluated. I mean in reality Reggie hasnt done much except cut salary and bring in some low tier free agents who he hopes develops in to legit nfl starters. i think Reggie for some reason is getting a pass when IMO the raiders should go from 8-8 to playoffs.

  • RaiderSam

    RaiderDuck Says:
    August 21st, 2012 at 3:26 pm
    Raidertbone Says:
    August 21st, 2012 at 3:24 pm
    Reggie could work a trade for MJD — imagine both him and DMac in the same backfield!


    If Al were alive, he’d be calling Khan right now and offering next year’s #1.

    Glad Reggie’s in charge instead.


    Khan won’t deal him. He isn’t alienating the fan base, and MJD has zero leverage. The only reason to make that deal is to stop the Chargers or Broncos from making that deal.

  • RaiderSam

    Raiderinparadise Says:
    August 21st, 2012 at 5:09 pm
    Andre Carter a good fit I’m sure Reggie will sign him, consider him a Raider.

    We really need a big RB wish we had $ and lure when Brandon Jacobs was FA. (hurt now tho)….
    unless Schmitt and Reece get carries, doesn’t look likley, thanks Knapp.

    Speaking of … when I watch the Offense, I want to take a Knapp.


    Ryan Grant, Plax, Marcus McNeill and maybe Merriman (and we may be getting Carter)

    nothings out there. Thomas Jones? Chester Taylor? Cadillac Williams? – only T.Jones is good in short yardage.

    As for CB, Benny Sapp and Leigh Torrence are still out there.

  • rickydudlyphan

    he would be a perfect fit. what would be the worst thing that could come from signing him? what he gets hurt and we’re stuck with the same group of backs we have now. our backs are garbage, he’d be an instant improvement, assuming he’s healthy.