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Adam Carriker Signs New Contract, Will Return To Redskins

By ZAC BOYER | zboyer@freelancestar.com | @ZacBoyer

(Originally posted 3/13/12, 5:37 p.m.; updated 7:42 p.m.)

After a season in which he adjusted to the responsibilities of playing in a 3-4 defense, Washington Redskins defensive end Adam Carriker agreed to a four-year, $20 million contract to return to the team.

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An unrestricted free agent, Carriker posted news of his return to the Redskins on his Twitter page about an hour after the league year began on Tuesday. The terms, which include $7 million guaranteed, were first reported by the NFL Network.

“I mean, I wanted to come back, so I’m glad it worked out this way,” Carriker said by phone Tuesday night.

Carriker, 27, a former first-round pick by St. Louis in 2007 who played his last two seasons with the Redskins, had 34 tackles and a career-high 5.5 sacks in 2011. He had expressed a desire to stay with the Redskins but wanted to make sure he was getting a fair market deal.

Having agreed to the Redskins’ offer an hour after free agency began, the 6-foot-6, 315-pound Carriker said his agent did take calls from other teams. Ultimately, the Redskins made an offer Carriker found amenable. Both sides had been talking about a return before Tuesday.

“Getting the chance to talk [to other teams] was great,” Carriker said. “It just worked out that way. If it hadn’t worked out, we would have discussed more elsewhere, but it’s great that we didn’t have to.”

The Redskins’ defensive line was amongst its strengths this past season and should only improve with the addition of Jarvis Jenkins, a second-round pick last year who tore the ACL in his right knee and missed the entire season.

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