A day after their first free agent signing, free safety Anthony Smith (formerly of Pittsburgh), the Packers have apparently set their sights on their next target: veteran defensive end Kevin Carter, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Carter, who will turn 36 soon after the start of the 2009 season, is listed at 6-feet, 6-inches and 305 pounds, meaning he would likely play defensive end in the new 3-4 scheme.
Carter has spent the past two seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, posting average numbers (92 tackles, seven sacks, two forced fumbles combined).
He had played with three teams before his time with the Bucs, most notably the St. Louis Rams, the team with which he spent the first six seasons of his career.
This is somewhat forgotten, but Carter posted huge numbers with the Rams, averaging over 10 sacks a year in his time with them (including a whopping 17 in 1999, the year St. Louis won Super Bowl XXXIV).
That being said, that Kevin Carter is long gone. The player Green Bay would likely be getting is one who could only play a limited role.
It would likely not cost much at all to bring him in, but still, it seems like there are other players (Mike Wright, formerly of New England, and Vonnie Holliday, formerly of Miami) who would be better suited to fill the role the Packers would be putting Carter in. The NFL is a young man’s league and Carter is anything but.