Editors Note: 49ers fans I’d like to apologize for my absence lately here at Niner Noise. I have been hard at work on the Fansided Networks UNC Tar Heels site Keeping It Heel. As the season approaches I intend to share more of my thoughts on the 49ers with you the Niner Faithful as we get set to charge towards our sixth superbowl championship!
It seems like forever ago when Andre Carter racked up double digit sacks as a member of the San Francisco 49ers before cashing in on a free agent contract with the Washington Redskins. Carter never lived up to the superstar status his rich contract and his breakout season with the Niners suggested.
Still Carter has put together a nice career and would be an excellent addition to the current 49ers roster. Jim Harbaugh has the best linebacker group in the league with Patrick Willis, Navarro Bowman, Ahmad Brooks and Aldon Smith. They are set at defensive end with Justin Smith and Ray McDonald but they don’t have much in terms of depth at those positions.
The role Aldon played in his rookie season would be ideal for Carter with Smith stepping into an increased role this season. Carter is best suited as a 4-3 DE, the 49ers a 3-4 team on the surface do not seem like an ideal fit. The system Vic Fangio runs is not exactly a traditional 3-4 system, if put in the right role, Carter would not have to do anything other than put his hands in the dirt and rush the passer.
The only thing stopping the 49ers defense from being the best in the league this upcoming season would be the injury bug. Adding a cheap veteran like Carter who could be a regular contributor as a third down rusher and also supply depth at some thin positions on the roster could end up being key.
At 33 years old the dreams of becoming a superstar are long gone for Andre Carter. Offseason rumors pointed to him rejoining the New England Patriots which has yet to happen. Carter wants to win, and the former Cal Bear star has a perfect fit with his first team in San Francisco with the 49ers.