Andre Carter will be back with the Patriots.
The veteran defensive lineman will be signing with New England on Tuesday.
The 34-year-old Carter was with the Patriots in 2011 and had an outstanding season at right defensive end before a quadricep tear ended his season on December 18. Still, he was selected for the Pro Bowl.
Carter was signed by Oakland for the 2012 season. He was released by the Raiders in August of this year during final cuts.
The Patriots have been outstanding defensively in the early portion of the season but injuries to key players like Vince Wilfork, Jerod Mayo and Aqib Talib now have them exposed.
The Jets ran the ball on the Pats with impunity on Sunday – 52 carries including overtime. Meanwhile, without Mayo calling defenses, the Jets exploited the Patriots in coverage.
Carter doesn’t figure to be a cure-all. Given the loss of depth at the defensive tackle spots, his addition as a guy who’s primarily an edge player doesn’t really address the up-the-middle vulnerability the Patriots will now encounter.
But his veteran presence could help the defensive line as a whole and – if the Patriots have a scheme-change in mind – we may be seeing more of Chandler Jones playing inside.
Carter’s signing signals that the Patriots know their defense is in grave trouble.
ESPN's Josina Anderson was first to report the signing.