BOSTON (CBS) — The Patriots need some help on the defensive line, and they’re looking to an old friend to provide it.

According to ESPN’s Josina Anderson, the Patriots will sign defensive end Andre Carter on Tuesday.

Carter, 34, turned in a terrific season for the Patriots in 2011. He recorded 10 sacks and 52 tackles that year before his season was ended in Week 15 with a torn quadriceps.

His name was bandied about prior to the 2012 season, but he ended up signing with the Oakland Raiders after the season began. He had just 2.5 sacks in 12 games last year.

He was re-signed by the Raiders to a one-year deal but was released before the season began.

As a team, the Patriots rank 16th in the league with 18 sacks. With season-ending injuries to Vince Wilfork and Jerod Mayo, a veteran presence like Carter’s was likely an influence in the team calling upon him to return.

Carter has 12 years of NFL experience, playing in 175 of a possible 192 games prior to this season.


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