A couple of hours ago, I wrote an article that the Atlanta Falcons should consider signing a prolific pass rusher in free agency.
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Out of all the candidates, there is one player that truly stood out: Andre Carter. Here is what I said about the proven veteran.
"“Let me just say that it is a God-given miracle that Andre Carter is still available. He has four seasons where he went over 10 sacks in a season, that is saying something. Injuries last season held Carter back only playing nine games, but he still managed to run away with a pair of quarterback takedowns. In 2011, just three seasons ago he had 10 as a member of the New England Patriots. Out of all of these three, there is no doubt that Carter should be the one that the Atlanta Falcons should sign IMMEDIATELY.”"
Below is a table of Carter’s sacks throughout the years.
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Before you start freaking out about the last two years he was in the NFL, note the amount of games he played. In 2013, Carter started 0 games and only played in 9. The year before, he was once again with 0 starts and even then he only played in 12 games.
When Carter stayed healthy all year and started all 16 games, his average of sacks came to 10.0. And what is there to lose? The Atlanta Falcons pass rush seriously cannot get worse right now. Kroy Biermann is struggling, and it turns out all the hype about Babineaux wasn’t much at all. Watching that Bengals game was atrocious.
This 13th year veteran is 35 years old, and is way past his prime but a player that racked up 10 sacks just three seasons ago is worth bringing in.
And there is no excuse for cap space. According to OvertheCap.com, the Atlanta Falcons have over 5 million dollars left. Get ‘er done Thomas Dimitroff!