Andre Carter visits Raiders; Rams next

Free agent defensive end Andre Carter, who was a bright spot along the Patriots defensive line in 2011, has drawn interest from multiple teams, and worked out for the Oakland Raiders on Tuesday, according to Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle.

ESPN's Josina Anderson adds via Twitter that the St. Louis Rams have also scheduled a visit for the 33-year old Carter, who is recovering from surgery to repair a torn quadriceps suffered late in the 2011 regular season.

Earlier this offseason, Carter's agent suggested that there was mutual interest in a return to New England. The Patriots added Chandler Jones in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft, and appear set to start he and Rob Ninkovich at the end positions in their primarily four-man front defense.

Beyond that pair, the Patriots have veteran Trevor Scott, rookie defensive end Jake Bequette, third-year pro Jermaine Cunningham and a rotation of others who could earn snaps at the position this season.

Carter's current availability is likely a byproduct of his continued rehab, for which he provided an update during an interview with Sirius XM NFL radio just over a month ago.