The Pats loaded up on offensive weapons, defensive stalwarts and everything in between. Believe it or not, the Patriots got significantly better.
New England bought stock in multiple pass-rushers such as rookies Chandler Jones and Jake Bequette, and former Oakland Raider Trevor Scott. The Pats' pass-rush was non-existent at times, and it showed when other quarterbacks had all the time in the world to make their throws.
Andre Carter was a large part of that pass rush last year, recording 10 sacks in 14 games before sustaining a quad injury that kept him out for the rest of the year.
Carter missed the last two games of the season and the Pats' playoff run, which ended in a loss to the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLVI.
The 33-year-old may not be able to record 10 sacks again, but bringing him back to New England could pay dividends in the future.
Carter still has some production left to offer to the Pats, but what sets him apart from other free agents is his experience. Carter's effect on the locker room is undeniable. His presence could be huge for talented but raw guys like Jones and Bequette.
The main reason why teams have been wary of Carter is probably the fact that he is coming off of a serious quad injury. However, reports have shown that Carter is recovering ahead of time and that he wants to be a part of the Pats. He may be ready before the start of the season.
The Pats would likely sign the veteran defensive end to a one or two-year deal, much like the one he signed last year, which was for one year at $2.75 million.
Andre Carter may be getting older, and he might not produce at a very high level, but one thing's for sure: he can still help the Patriots in many ways.