by Chuck Carroll

WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — The Washington Redskins re-signed defensive end Adam Carriker.

Carriker and the Redskins agreed to terms on a four-year, $20 million deal with $7 million guaranteed.

The starting left end was thought to be one of the team’s most important free agents, along with linebacker London Fletcher.

Carriker became an impact player in his own right last season, recording 5.5 sacks, second most among Redskins defensive lineman. The total is a very respectable number given the team’s 3-4 defensive scheme.

The two sides had been talking about a new deal for some time, but the pace was greatly accelerated Tuesday as the free agency deadline approached.

Carriker’s career has flourished since the St. Louis Rams traded him to the Redskins two seasons ago in a very modest deal.

He has shed the title of “first-round bust”–a title which never agreed with. Recently, Carriker said he’s been hearing only good things.

“I’ve heard people call me a damn good 3-4 defensive end and I think that’s how people perceive me now,” Carriker said. “They were talking about both Stephen [Bowen] and I… ‘Those are a couple of damn good defensive ends they have.’ “

Bowen narrowly edged Carriker as sack leader on the defensive line this season.

But unlike Bowen, Carriker was able to notch his sacks while playing fewer downs. He was not part of the Redskins nickel package this season – the equivalent of 174 fewer pass rushes throughout the year.

Carriker is expected to remain as the team’s starting left end next season.

Carriker’s signing came shortly after the team landed free agent wide receiver Pierre Garcon.


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