When we last mentioned Redskins outside linebacker Andre Carter, we pointed out that he didn’t seem thrilled with shifting positions in the Redskins’ new 3-4 defense after previously playing defensive end in the 4-3.
There’s still plenty of talk in Washington that Carter isn’t a good fit for the 3-4, that his contract calls for him to make more money than the Redskins want to pay him, and that he could be headed elsewhere. But Redskins coach Mike Shanahan says he wants Carter on his team.
“Andre will do a great job for us,” Shanahan said. “I talked to Andre. He came in before [the] offseason program [began]. He’s getting rehabbed over at the Stanford hospital. He’ll be in April 5 or April 8, somewhere in that area, with our offseason conditioning program. We’re looking forward to him getting started.”
The rehab Shanahan refers to is from surgery in January to repair a torn biceps, which Carter managed to play through in December at the end of a very impressive season in which he started all 16 games and recorded 11 sacks.
Carter’s willingness to play through that injury, as well as his text message to Jason Reid of the Washington Post in which he said he’d “do whatever the team needs me to do,” indicate that even if Carter isn’t thrilled with moving to outside linebacker, he may still play there for the Redskins in 2010.