NFL Speculation: Browns Interested in Signing Former Redskins DE Andre Carter?

Brandon SommersCorrespondent IMarch 17, 2011

LANDOVER, MD - NOVEMBER 28:  Brett Favre #4 of the Minnesota Vikings is hit by Washington Redskins linebacker Andre Carter #99 at FedExField November 28, 2010 in Landover, Maryland. The Vikings won the game 17-13.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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Last month, the Washington Redskins released defensive end/outside linebacker Andre Carter.

Carter, who will be entering his 11th season in the NFL, saw his production fall dramatically in the Redskins new 3-4 defense last year. The switch to the 3-4 forced Carter to play out of position at outside linebacker.

He had only two and a half sacks last season and failed to adjust to the change of position, but previously to that, he had recorded 25.5 sacks and seven forced fumbles in his last three seasons playing defensive end for the Redskins.

The Cleveland Browns are switching from a 3-4 defense back to a 4-3, but are seriously lacking in the defensive end department.

At 31 years old, Carter wouldn't be a permanent solution, but he could certainly give the Browns a couple solid years of a solid veteran presence on the defensive line.

The Browns will almost certainly be addressing their defensive line needs at some point in the upcoming draft and they could use a seasoned pro like Carter to help to develop any young draft picks they bring in to play the position.

Carter, a former No. 7 pick of the San Fransisco 49ers, could use a fresh start and is the type of long and athletic defensive end new defensive coordinator Dick Jauron likes to utilize.

The Browns are among five teams rumored to have interest in Carter and would seemingly be a natural fit. Of course, teams are unable to sign any players until the league's labor dispute has been resolved, so until then this may be a situation to keep an eye.

This would have all the makings of a good move for both parties.