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Posted at 2:00 PM ET, 01/ 3/2011

Andre Carter does not believe he'll be back

By Jason Reid

It was clear before the season that Andre Carter was not a good fit for the Redskins' new 3-4 defense.

Carter struggled as a stand-up outside linebacker in his only season in the role with the San Francisco 49ers, and he was coming off arguably the best year of his career as a hand-down end in Washington's 4-3. Carter began the 2010 season as a starter but was supplanted in Week 4 by Lorenzo Alexander.

Faced with a decision in the offseason, the Redskins paid Carter a $3.2 million option bonus to keep him under contract. The 10-year veteran also received a $1.3 million base salary this season.

Carter is owed a $4.075 million option bonus this offseason. If the bonus is not paid, the remainder of his contract would be voided, making Carter an unrestricted free agent. He siad he would be surprised if the team paid the bonus.

"Actually, I would" be surprised, said Carter, who also laughed in response to the question. "But anything's possible."

Carter said he is best suited to play defensive end in a 4-3.

"Yes, of course, it's no secret about that," Carter said. "That's just something I've been blessed to do.

"I told my position coach [Lou Spanos], 'Hey, if you got me as a rookie, I'd definitely shine.' But unfortunately with time, and just being in this game, I'm always gonna be a defensive end. But I learned a lot about myself in regards to faith."

Carter will look back fondly on his five seasons with the Redskins.

"We've had a lot of great battles together," Carter said of his teammates. "With the run that we made in 2007 [to earn a wild-card playoff berth] that was just such a big part of my career, it's a lot of memories. But the game of football is always gonna keep on continuing. That's just life."

By Jason Reid  | January 3, 2011; 2:00 PM ET
Categories:  Andre Carter  
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REDSKINS FIRE SECURITY GUARD, HAYNESWORTH AGAIN DISSES COACHING STAFF

ASHBURN, VA -- The last surviving member of former owner Jack Kent Cooke’s original support staff for the Washington Redskins was unceremoniously fired today -- allegedly as part of cost-cutting measures instituted by the team as it enters its long annual off-season, but more likely in retribution for helping rekindle a long, troublesome and dysfunctional relationship between the highly overpaid and underperforming defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth, and the team’s coaching staff and ownership group.

According to sources inside Redskins Park, 47-year employee and security guard Norman “the Doorman” Johnson was summoned to the team’s front office and immediately dismissed shortly after he personally vouched that Haynesworth should be allowed to pass through the team’s security gates, despite the fact the player’s building pass -- in accordance with standard team security procedures -- had automatically expired after more than a month of non-use.

Normally, a player will ask a coach or another player to vouch for them when they forget their building passes, but Haynesworth is on record as adamantly refusing to speak with anyone -- including the team’s coaching staff, other players, front office executives, trainers, water boys, cheerleaders, news media, stadium concessionaires, and even Sonny and Sam -- until the team either pays him another $42 million or grants him an unconditional release from his contract.

So it fell to the unfortunate Mr. Jones to make a snap decision on whether to let Haynesworth into Redskins Park to attend the final team meeting of the just-completed 2010 season, or suffer the possible wrath of the coaching staff for failing to let a star player into the meeting.

According to anonymous sources inside Redskins Park, the team had been hoping that if they ignored the player, and didn’t allow him back into the practice facility, he might just go away without any further trouble. Unfortunately, by misreading the situation and allowing Haynesworth to pass through unchecked, the security guard allowed the disgruntled lineman to deliver yet another insult to the team’s head coach.

Haynesworth reportedly carried a note from his agent, Chad Speck, that said that Speck’s star client would again not participate in the team’s “optional” off-season training and conditioning program -- nor would he or Haynesworth accept any calls or other written or spoken communications from anyone else who might even remotely be associated with the team.

Speck also informed Shanahan that effective immediately, he is the new agent for Fletcher Smith -- and now solely responsible for any future public statements from Mr. Smith, and by extension, he is also the uber-agent for the team’s disgraced scout team quarterback Donovan McNabb.

Posted by: Vic1 | January 3, 2011 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Is Snyder Jewish?

Posted by: BarackObama | January 3, 2011 2:18 PM | Report abuse

With a $4 million option bonus due, the Redskins have no prospects for trading Carter. That might explain why they couldn't trade him this past year, either.

Redskins will release him and he'll probably sign a three-year contract with a bonus of no more than $2.5 million.

Posted by: beep-beep | January 3, 2011 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Goodbye Andre. Thanks for battling for us.

Posted by: edvar | January 3, 2011 2:23 PM | Report abuse

too bad for all that Andre didn't get traded before the 2010 season.

He was top 10 in both sacks and tackles for DEs in 2009, great team guy, great attitude and takes great care of himself. He was a valuable guy.

But instead of trading him for value, we tried to put the round peg in the square hole and it didn't work.

Everyone lost in the deal.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | January 3, 2011 2:28 PM | Report abuse

I think we found our Nose Tackle for the future in 76 A. Bryant. He played great ball yesterday. Him, Carriker, and Holiday handled the run good yesterday. We need some backers who can play the 3-4. Carter was never going to succeed at LB. He was a pro and never complained so I wish him well.

Posted by: FedorEm | January 3, 2011 2:30 PM | Report abuse

But instead of trading him for value, we tried to put the round peg in the square hole and it didn't work.

Everyone lost in the deal.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | January 3, 2011 2:28 PM

No, Zeke, you got it wrong. They couldn't trade him because no one wanted to pay the salary that he was due under his contract. He was untradable. He had no value to us except as a player.

Posted by: beep-beep | January 3, 2011 2:31 PM | Report abuse

There are a lotta "armchair" GM's out there today!

Posted by: rickyroge | January 3, 2011 2:32 PM | Report abuse

A casualty of the Shanahan regime.

Went from 11 sacks and 3 ff to getting released for nothing in return.

But hey, at least we've still got Kory LIchensteiger.

Posted by: p1funk | January 3, 2011 2:32 PM | Report abuse

I think we found our Nose Tackle for the future in 76 A. Bryant. He played great ball yesterday. Him, Carriker, and Holiday handled the run good yesterday. We need some backers who can play the 3-4. Carter was never going to succeed at LB. He was a pro and never complained so I wish him well.

Posted by: FedorEm | January 3, 2011 2:30 PM


They were playing against a badly beaten up O line. During the game the backup center left on a cart and they had to convert a guard to a center. They may be good, but I wouldn't base my opinion solely on yesterday's game.

Posted by: beep-beep | January 3, 2011 2:35 PM | Report abuse

beep-beep

Posted by: beep-beep | January 3, 2011 2:37 PM | Report abuse

I think we found our Nose Tackle for the future in 76 A. Bryant. He played great ball yesterday. Him, Carriker, and Holiday handled the run good yesterday. We need some backers who can play the 3-4. Carter was never going to succeed at LB. He was a pro and never complained so I wish him well.

Posted by: FedorEm | January 3, 2011 2:30 PM

I think we have ONE of our NT's of the future. I hope he can keep his weight under control. We need at least two guys like that (3?) because they were down over games and over the season, and they get hurt. But he was definitely looking like a keeper the past few weeks.

The other NT we get next year will need to have some pass rushing skills to push that pocket back. Too bad Albert didn't work out. Could have been a wicked combo...

Posted by: edvar | January 3, 2011 2:37 PM | Report abuse

The Redskins would have been a much better organization--and a much better team--if we had more guys like Andre Carter and less guys likr Albert Haynseworth. All Carter did was stay positive, work hard, support his teammates and demonstrate a lot of character. You have to wish him well and hope that he can find a place where his talents will be properly utilized.

Posted by: nrjlh | January 3, 2011 2:39 PM | Report abuse

too bad for all that Andre didn't get traded before the 2010 season.

He was top 10 in both sacks and tackles for DEs in 2009, great team guy, great attitude and takes great care of himself. He was a valuable guy.

But instead of trading him for value, we tried to put the round peg in the square hole and it didn't work.

Everyone lost in the deal.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | January 3, 2011 2:28 PM | Report abuse

I was much rumoured that Carter had a no trade clause in his contract, which is why he didn't get traded.

Personally, I find that hard to believe. He didn't want to play in the 3-4 and surely would have waived the clause if a trade would have taken him to team that wanted him as a defensive end.

The most likely reason is no one was willing to give up draft picks. He is in his 30's. Had some quiet seasons even as DE and had a fat Redskins contract that had already been restructured several times and was heavily back loaded.

Trading has gone a bit mental over the last few years. People either wildly over pay (Cutler, Jared Allen, Herschal Walker) or wildly over value low round draft picks.

Posted by: WeNeedLinemen | January 3, 2011 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Andre's a gracious, godly man, who plays ball and lives for Christ, and his whole life reflects the Someone he lives for. I admire him a alot. Reminds me of Daryl Green.

Wishing you the best Andre. You are in good hands!!

Posted by: pharrrrtt | January 3, 2011 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Good luck, Andre. Class act who repped the Skins well. He never complained, even though he was so not suited for the 3-4.

Posted by: jj250 | January 3, 2011 6:04 PM | Report abuse

was hoping to see on front page: shanahan and entire staff FIRED" due to ineptness, incompetence, stupidity and bigotry. would have been a great story.

Posted by: wathu19 | January 3, 2011 7:48 PM | Report abuse

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