WASHINGTON — The Redskins have traded an undisclosed draft pick to the San Francisco 49ers for tight end Derek Carrier.
Carrier, 25, is a third-year pro who appeared in 11 games last season. He played college football at Division III Beloit College, but went undrafted in 2012. He had a training camp stint with the Oakland Raiders that year, was cut, and landed on the Philadelphia Eagles’ practice squad.
He failed to make the Eagles out of training camp in 2013 and was signed to San Francisco’s practice squad. He was active in five games that season.
Washington is desperate for tight end depth after season-ending injuries to Niles Paul (fractures and dislocated left ankle) and Logan Paulsen (torn ligaments, right big toe). The other tight end, Jordan Reed, is a weapon in the passing game, but has appeared in just 20 of a possible 32 games in his two NFL seasons.
Reed has already missed both preseason games this summer with a hamstring injury and was last seen riding an exercise bike at half speed during Tuesday’s practice at Redskins Park. It’s unclear if he will return to practice this week and be ready in time for the Aug. 29 preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens.
The list of tight ends behind Washington’s top three is light. Je’Ron Hamm has earned repetitions with the starters. He caught one pass against the Lions. Chase Dixon also caught one ball vs. Detroit. Both men spent time on Washington’s practice squad last season. Devin Mahina, an undrafted college free agent from BYU, is also in camp.
Meanwhile, the Redskins signed two tight ends last weekend: D.J. Williams and Ernst Brun, Jr. Both were free agents. Brun did not play against Detroit.
The Sacramento Bee reported that the pick was a fifth-rounder in 2017 and conditional based on Carrier’s playing time and production. Carrier played wide receiver in college. He was set to become a restricted free agent after this season, but signed a two-year deal extension with San Francisco in March worth a guaranteed $1.75 million and up to $3.3 million based on roster bonuses. His cap hit for 2015 is $718,333.
The team can place linebacker Adam Hayward on injured reserve as the complimentary roster move. He tore the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his right knee on Thursday and is out for the season. Or it could always cut ties with one of the other five healthy tight ends on the roster.
Carrier, an Edgerton, Wisconsin native, is listed at 6-foot-4, 241 pounds. He averaged 11.7 yards per catch in 2014 and his best game was in Week 2 against Chicago with three receptions for 41 yards.
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