The Washington Redskins have recently sent two of their tight ends to injured reserve. On Friday, they filled a void.
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday that the Redskins have acquired tight end Derek Carrier from the San Francisco 49ers in exchange for a fifth-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. The Niners and Redskins later confirmed the trade. Rapoport reported the Bears and Saints also had interest in Carrier.
It's a necessary move for Washington after Niles Paul and Logan Paulsen suffered season-ending injuries in the past two weeks. Carrier, 25, is an unproven player with considerable upside as a blocker and receiver. He signed a three-year deal in March that keeps under team control for the next three years at less than $1 million annually.
This is the second time this week the 49ers have traded a tight end. On Wednesday, they sent Asante Cleveland to the Patriots in exchange for offensive lineman Jordan Devey. Depth at tight end remains no issue for San Francisco: Carrier and Cleveland were among a group of eight players at the position who reported to training camp.
Jordan Reed remains the expected starter in Washington, but his injury issues and blocking deficiencies necessitated another option. Carrier becomes that guy.