Pats Make it Official, Re-signing Andre Carter

Patriots news release…

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots signed veteran free agent DE Andre Carter. Terms of the contract
were not announced.

In addition, the Patriots signed DT Sealver Siliga to the practice
squad and released CB Travis Howard from the practice squad.

Carter, 34, was with the Patriots during the 2011 season and
earned his first Pro Bowl selection after registering double-digit sacks
(10.0) for the fourth time in his career. He played in 14 games and
finished with 59 total tackles, 10.0 sacks and two
forced fumbles before being placed on injured reserve. The 6-foot-4,
260-pounder is a veteran of 12 NFL seasons with the San Francisco 49ers
(2001-05), Washington Redskins (2006-10), Patriots in 2011 and the
Oakland Raiders in 2012. Carter was released by
Oakland on Aug. 31, 2013.

   Carter originally entered the NFL as a first-round draft pick (7th
overall) of the 49ers in 2001 out of California. He was signed
by Washington as an unrestricted free agent on March 15, 2006. Carter
was signed by the Patriots as a free agent on Aug. 8, 2011. He was
signed by Oakland on Sept. 26, 2012, and played in 12 games last season
and finished with 13 total tackles and 2½ sacks.

Carter has played in 175 career games with 147 starts and has
accumulated 517 total tackles, 66 sacks, 30 passes defensed, 15 forced
and four fumble recoveries. He has registered double-digit sack totals
three times in his career with a career-high 12½ in 2002 with the 49ers
and 10½ in 2007 and 11.0 in 2009 with the Redskins.

Siliga, 23, has spent time with San Francisco, Denver and Seattle
since joining the NFL as a rookie free agent with the 49ers in 2011 out
of Utah. The 6-foot-2, 325-pounder, was released by the 49ers at the
end of his first training camp and was then
signed to the Denver practice squad. He began the 2012 season on the
Denver practice squad before being signed to the 53-man roster in
September. He played in one game for Denver in 2012. Siliga was traded
by Denver to Seattle in training camp this past summer
and spent part of the year on the Seahawks practice squad before being
released on Oct. 4.

23, joined the New England practice squad on Oct. 16. He was originally
signed by the Houston Texans
as a rookie free agent out of Ohio State on May 10, 2013. The 6-foot-1,
197-pounder, was released by Houston on Aug. 27, 2013. He started every
game as a junior and senior at Ohio State and totaled 81 tackles, six
interceptions and 11 passes defensed during
that time.