In a year when the Patriots struggled to rush the passer, defensive end Andre Carter was a bright spot.
He had 10 sacks for New England before tearing his quadriceps against the Broncos in Week 15, a number that seemed likely to generate some interest in keeping him around for another season. Carter is still a free agent, though, and he said he hasn’t even spoken to the team about a return in 2012.
“Your guess is as good as mine,” Carter said to Tom Curran of CSNNE.com. “They kind of just said, ‘Thanks for everything,’ at the end of the year and I haven’t heard from them since. But I’m optimistic everything works out.”
Carter’s health could be part of the reason why there’s been no contact. Until he’s physically ready, there’s not much urgency to get a deal done. The draft could also give some hints about Carter’s future in New England. If the Patriots, who signed Jonathan Fanene and Trevor Scott as free agents, pick up other options at the position, it might signal their desire to move in a different direction next season.