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Signing Andre Carter hits snags

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08:07 AM ET 06.29 | What's going on with the Patriots and Andre Carter, whose season came to an end in Week 15 when he tore his quad? Here's the deal. The 33-year-old defensive end wants to return to the Patriots, so much so that he's turned down interest from competing teams. Their first season together was successful, as Carter became one of four players to register 10 sacks during Bill Belichick's tenure in New England. ... The belief on Carter's end is he can be on the field in time for the start of the regular season. The team, though, might have other ideas, and that's where there is one key holdup. The other is the money because, more often than not, these things come down to the money.

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June 29, 2012  08:10 AM ET

Billy Boy doesn't want to part with The Bucks!!

June 29, 2012  08:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Billy Boy doesn't want to part with The Bucks!!

Yes, they're notoriously frugal. Or maybe Carter is asking for a big guaranteed multi-year contract.

Overpaying one old guy ripples through the demands for the whole team, and makes it very hard to manage the cap.

Carter played well last season, though, and I sure hope there's a place for him this year.

June 29, 2012  08:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Yes, they're notoriously frugal. Or maybe Carter is asking for a big guaranteed multi-year contract.Overpaying one old guy ripples through the demands for the whole team, and makes it very hard to manage the cap.Carter played well last season, though, and I sure hope there's a place for him this year.

Or maybe as usual the Herald has their head up their ****!

June 29, 2012  08:54 AM ET

I'm not sure where the pass rush is going to come from if they don't sign him.

June 29, 2012  09:02 AM ET

You would think that if he just wanted a payday he'd be talking to anyone who was interested

June 29, 2012  09:53 AM ET

When was the last time the Patriots had a 10 sack player? Exactly. They need to pay him a fair amount unless they have another 10 sack player on their roster I'm not aware of.

June 29, 2012  10:06 AM ET

Carter you are 33 now and the sand is flying out of the hour glass. It really doesn't matter to these teams about you. They will pay you what they want to and at any time cut you lose.

June 29, 2012  10:17 AM ET

The Pats drafted two defensive ends with their #1 and #4 picks. Do you suppose this has any bearing on how much they're going to pay another DE?

Why does the Herald leave it to me to provide important background information, and then doesn't pay me squat? I want a new contract!

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June 29, 2012  10:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Why does the Herald leave it to me to provide important background information,

If you have to ask that question you have not been paying attention.

June 29, 2012  11:11 AM ET
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I'm not sure where the pass rush is going to come from if they don't sign him.

That is true. BB has not drafted quality defensive players in years, and it has cost them in the end. They had the picks, they just wasted them on mediocre players.

June 29, 2012  11:22 AM ET
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That is true. BB has not drafted quality defensive players in years, and it has cost them in the end. They had the picks, they just wasted them on mediocre players.

Mayo, McCourty and Merriweather have done fine. Hopefully the DE's drafted this year will turn some dividends.

June 29, 2012  11:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Mayo, McCourty and Merriweather have done fine. Hopefully the DE's drafted this year will turn some dividends.

That Tavon Wilson pick, in the 2nd round, was a major head scratcher though.

June 29, 2012  11:38 AM ET
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That Tavon Wilson pick, in the 2nd round, was a major head scratcher though.

to be kind I'd say that was a 'reach'. I'm more used to seeing the Cowboys do that.

June 29, 2012  12:58 PM ET

I would love to see Carter come back, but he is 33 years old and the Pats never, ever overpay for older players. He did a great job last year and would a be a nice bridge until Chandler Jones is ready. Look for Hightower to replace Ninkovich by the end of the year. Ninkovich turned into a nice player, but let's not go crazy. Hightower is a potential beast.

June 29, 2012  02:10 PM ET

This deal will get done. I don't know why when the player wants the team and the team wants the player both sides want to do the usual b.s. dance. At the end of the day, of course both sides will be all smiles when the contract is signed.

June 29, 2012  02:13 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Mayo, McCourty and Merriweather have done fine. Hopefully the DE's drafted this year will turn some dividends.

Merriweather ? He was dumped by the Pats and is hanging on by his fingernails in the NFL.
It goes back to the Seymour trade. The Pats have wasted more draft picks since then than any team I can think of. They do better in FA in finding defensive players that can impact a game.
For all his star qualities, drafting for defense is not a BB strong point. Has not been in years. Was it a mistake not paying Seymour? If superbowl trophies matter, then absolutely.

June 29, 2012  02:27 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

Merriweather ? He was dumped by the Pats and is hanging on by his fingernails in the NFL.It goes back to the Seymour trade. The Pats have wasted more draft picks since then than any team I can think of. They do better in FA in finding defensive players that can impact a game.For all his star qualities, drafting for defense is not a BB strong point. Has not been in years. Was it a mistake not paying Seymour? If superbowl trophies matter, then absolutely.

Merriweather did have 2 pro bowl seasons with the Pats but then got stupid. Yes, the Seymour trade was a mistake.

June 29, 2012  02:37 PM ET
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Merriweather did have 2 pro bowl seasons with the Pats but then got stupid. Yes, the Seymour trade was a mistake.

Even Matt Millen drafted the best WR in the NFL. You get enough picks, you hit now and then.

 
June 29, 2012  02:53 PM ET
QUOTE(#19):

Even Matt Millen drafted the best WR in the NFL. You get enough picks, you hit now and then.

comparing someone who drafted his way to illustrious NFL history to someone who has been on 4 super bowl winners is kind of foolish.

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