Davis famously loved grabbing former first-round picks and salvaging their careers. This move certainly fits that mold.
An 11-year veteran, Carter spent last season with the New England Patriots, but he injured his quad so badly it required surgery.
This left the former No. 7-overall selection by the San Francisco 49ers without a team while he recovered. Well, he has a team now.
The Oakland Raiders tweeted the news:
The Oakland Raiders have signed veteran defensive lineman Andre Carter.— OAKLAND RAIDERS (@RAIDERS) September 26, 2012
The Raiders will likely use Carter as a rotational defensive end and look for him to get his snaps in pass-rush situations.
If Carter is healthy, he will be a big boost to an Oakland team that has struggled to get pressure on the quarterback.
Carter is coming off a season in which he had 10 sacks in 14 games. The season before, he had just 2.5 sacks as a member of the Washington Redskins, but the year prior to that, he had 11.
Given his age and prolonged time away from the field, it would be foolish to expect Carter to run up another double-digit sack season. But he won't have to in order to provide a big boost to Oakland's pass rush.