Andre Carter spoke with the media for the first time since he signed with the New England Patriots today, and he made it very clear over how his thought process over him playing in the NFL this season, or any other for that matter.
Per Mike Reiss of ESPN:
"Patriots or bust," he explained Wednesday.
Indeed, the story of how Carter was made a Patriot again sounds like something out of a movie:
The call, slightly unexpected, came Monday when long-time Patriots director of scouting administration Nancy Meier contacted Carter and asked simply, "How quickly can you be here?"
Carter was on a red-eye flight from California to Boston that night. He arrived at 5:40 a.m. Tuesday, has been going "100,000 miles per hour" in getting up to speed with changes to the defense, and his presence during the media-access period in the locker room Wednesday resulted in a large crowd surrounding him.
Andre had worked out for the Patriots earlier in the offseason, but the team passed on him then, telling him that you never know what might happen. It was then that Andre knew that the next chapter of his life would go one of two ways:
“After I did my workout with the Patriots, I had talked to my family and my mindset was 'it was either the Patriots or retirement.' That's where it was," he said. "Fortunately the Patriots called."
As for changes and getting reacquainted with the team, Andre said that he shouldn't have many problems learning the defense, seeing as it's fundamentally the same but with some new wrinkles here and there. The biggest difference that Andre sees in the defense (and this could apply to the whole team) is the youth that the Patriots are putting out there every week:
Young, we're young. It's a very talented group of guys, a very talented group of individuals. I'm sure they're trying to find their niche and their place, just like any young team. ... I think the most important thing is just to remain consistent and understand how this game is played."
Welcome back Andre Carter. We are glad the Patriots saved you from retirement.