Veteran defensive end Andre Carter is looking for a long-term deal from the Patriots, Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports.
Last summer, Carter signed a one-year deal worth $2.75 million, and after his 2011 Pro Bowl season, he’s looking for a three- or four-year contract more typical of a Pro Bowl salary.
The Patriots, however, are seemingly more interested in paying Carter a salary similar to last year’s. From their perspective, they’re worried about his durability after his quad injury in Week 15 of the regular season. Carter has turned down other teams because he is interested in re-signing with New England. They also drafted defensive ends Chandler Jones (first round) and Jake Bequette (second round) and signed free agents Jonathan Fanene and Trevor Scott, both of whom can play on the edge.
The Patriots have considered placing Carter on the physically unable to perform list once he signs, which will keep him out of action for at least the first six weeks of the regular season.
The two sides have to find some middle ground for the reunion to come to fruition, either in terms of an incentive-laden deal or something more creative, perhaps in the form of a two-year contract.
If they can’t reach an agreement, Carter will revisit the interest from the teams that inquired earlier this offseason. Maybe that happens around the start of training camp, or maybe he waits until later in August.