Draft pick Carter agrees on 4-year deal

Sixth-round draft choice Markell Carter, an outside linebacker/rush end from Central Arkansas, has agreed to terms on a four-year deal, agent Alvin Nelson of Cannon and Nelson Sports said Wednesday.

Nelson did not reveal terms of the deal. The slot in which Carter was drafted had a $2.19 million total allocation.

"We're excited for Markell to live out his childhood dream and hopefully go in and help continue the success of the Patriots," Nelson said.

Carter, a smaller-school prospect who was the only front-seven player the Patriots selected in April's draft, projects to make the transition from 4-3 defensive end to 3-4 outside linebacker. The Patriots have six-year veteran Rob Ninkovich, second-year man Jermaine Cunningham, veteran Eric Moore and special teamer Marques Murrell at that spot.

The Patriots selected nine players in the draft, and Carter is the first known to have agreed to contract terms.

This puts Carter in position to be on the field for the first day of open practices Thursday.