- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Adam Carriker has been determined to prove he can return to the NFL for the past year and a half. He doesn’t believe being released by the Washington Redskins on Tuesday will slow him down.

“I mean, it’s not like it made my day yesterday, but I’m not going to say it came out of nowhere and I was shocked, either,” Carriker said. “I mean, I understand the business of the NFL. I get the business of the NFL. I was not shocked. I don’t know that it makes it enjoyable, but it’s not like I’m walking around with my head down and my tail between my legs and I’m crying to my mommy. I understand the business of the NFL, and I think I’m actually surprising people with how well I’m actually taking it.”

Carriker, 29, tore his right quadriceps tendon in Week 2 in 2012 and has had three surgeries over the past 18 months. He did not play at all last season, which he spent on the physically-unable-to-perform list, but believes he could be ready to return to football later this spring.

Because of his health, he was asked twice last season to restructure his contract. This year, facing a $6.51 million charge against the salary cap, the Redskins had no choice but to release him, saving them approximately $3 million against the cap in advance of Tuesday’s start to free agency.

Carriker said he was told the Redskins will monitor his progress and remain open to bringing him back later this offseason if the situation presents itself.

He said he’d be open to that, too, but would also listen to any other offer that may come.

“It’s not a great thing to be let go by a team, but at the same time, I know I’m very close to being back,” Carriker said. “It’s not a thing where it’s gone forever. I know they still have interest, and we’ll see how that plays out, but I still feel like there’s a lot of football left in me.”