- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Andre Carter is dangerous.

Not only is Carter a rangy 6-foot-4 and 265 pounds with enough quickness to record 121/2 sacks back in 2002, but he’s also a black belt in karate.

On top of that, Carter, who was introduced as the latest addition to the Washington Redskins yesterday, is out to prove he still belongs among the NFL’s better defensive ends after two frustrating seasons in San Francisco.

Carter missed nine games in 2004 after having a cyst removed from his sciatic nerve. Last season, Carter moved from defensive end to outside linebacker when the 49ers went to a 3-4 defense. And San Francisco was a league-worst 6-26 in those two seasons.

“When the 49ers announced they were changing to a 3-4, I’m like, ‘Oh, great,’” Carter said sarcastically. “But I did it. I feel that’s a testament to my character. I made some plays [at linebacker], but it took me out of some plays as far as getting to the quarterback.”

Carter’s ability to do just that is why the Redskins signed him to a six-year deal worth $30 million. He has 271/2 sacks in 53 career games at defensive end.

Right end Phillip Daniels, who will move to the left side in 2006, had six sacks in the final three games last season after totaling just three in his first 19 games with the Redskins. Incumbent left end Renaldo Wynn has just 31/2 sacks in his two seasons in assistant head coach Gregg Williams’ scheme.

In fact, linebacker LaVar Arrington, with 11 sacks in 2002, is the only Washington player to top eight during the past five seasons.

“We felt that Andre was a real impact player with a great motor,” said Redskins coach Joe Gibbs, who considers Carter, Daniels and Wynn starters. “Andre can play both sides for us. He can play [linebacker]. And he can play inside, too. It gives us a lot of flexibility. [Defensive line coach] Greg Blache is real creative. He rotates a lot of guys. And you’d like to see [strongside linebacker] Marcus Washington be able to rush more.”

Carter, 26, gave the Redskins some anxious hours when he completed his free agent visit without signing and flew to Denver on Sunday. They were afraid he had resisted their all-out blitz of private plane, limousine, courtside seats at a Wizards game and most important, that $30 million.

“At that point, we panicked,” Gibbs said. “We were still text-messaging and calling [Carter and agent Don Yee] at 3:30 in the morning.”

Carter didn’t just visit Denver to see whether he was the right replacement for departed Pro Bowl end Trevor Pryce. He had a more personal connection to the Broncos.

“My dad [nose tackle Rubin Carter] played there for 12 years,” Carter said. “The thought of being a second-generation Carter was big, but this team was always in the front of my mind.”

And so on the afternoon of his visit to Denver, Carter decided he belonged in Washington, where his father, now the coach at Florida A&M;, coached the defensive line in 1999-2000.

“It’s great being back in the trenches because that’s where it all started for me,” Carter said. “And God willing, that’s where it will finish for me. This team wants me at right end, and I’m pleased with it.”

Notes — The Redskins re-signed reserve defensive tackle Cedric Killings, leaving only end Demetric Evans, linebacker Warrick Holdman, tight end Brian Kozlowski and safety Omar Stoutmire as unrestricted free agents. Only Evans, who filled in nicely when Daniels, Wynn and left defensive tackle Cornelius Griffin were hurt the past two seasons, is a priority. …

Gibbs remains committed to kicker John Hall despite a series of pulled muscles the past two seasons but said he might yield kickoff duties to punter Derrick Frost. Gibbs said the Redskins still need a starting linebacker, a backup guard/center and a reserve cornerback. The latter would replace veteran Walt Harris, who was waived Friday and who signed with the 49ers yesterday. …

The NFL Players Association suspended agent Carl Poston for two years in the wake of the disputed $6.5 million bonus he negotiated for Arrington in 2003 that began the deterioration of the three-time Pro Bowl pick’s now-terminated relationship with the Redskins.

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