NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that free-agent defensive end Andre Carter signed a one-year contract with the team, per a source involved in the process. Carter flew in Monday night and signed Tuesday, Rapoport reported.
ESPN's Josina Anderson first reported Carter's intentions to sign with New England, and the team announced it Wednesday morning.
The pass rusher hadn't played a snap all season after being released by the Oakland Raiders in August.
The Patriots want to pad a defensive roster that has been thinned by season-ending injuries to Vince Wilfork and Jerod Mayo. Behind ends Rob Ninkovich and Chandler Jones, New England has leaned on Jake Bequette and Michael Buchanan at the position. Look for Carter to steal snaps from Buchanan as a rusher in nickel and dime subpackages -- but he's no savior.