Earlier today the Jaguars signed former Colts linebacker Josh McNary, and this afternoon another former Colts linebacker has found a new home too: Chris Carter has signed with the Washington Redskins.
Carter, of course, wasn’t a very prominent member of the Colts, as he played in nine games last year in a special teams role during his second stint with the team, recording six tackles. Before that, he had played in one game for them in 2014. Drafted by the Steelers in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL Draft, Carter spent the first three seasons of his career in Pittsburgh. Since then, he’s spent time with the Colts (twice), the Bengals, and the Ravens. In his career, he has played in 62 games and started four of them, recording 37 tackles and a pass defensed.
During his time with the Colts last year, Carter was pretty much exclusively a special teams player, and in nine games he recorded two special teams tackles and three assists. The Colts are looking to improve the depth and competition level of the roster and as a result it never seemed likely that they’d bring Carter back, as hopefully the guys who wind up making the 53-man roster as depth can also contribute heavily on special teams. Carter wasn’t worth bringing back just for a special teams role, so the Colts didn’t re-sign him.
With the Redskins, it’s likely that his role will be as a depth linebacker and special teams guy like he was in Indy, which is a fine role for him. It’s good to see him get another job, and it’s now four Colts free agents who have found new homes, as Carter joins Mike Adams (Panthers), Zach Kerr (Broncos), and Josh McNary (Jaguars).