Andre Carter makes sense for Raiders

The Oakland Raiders have started late-summer window shopping we all expected them to do. CSN Bay Area reports the Raiders worked out pass-rusher Andre Carter on Tuesday.

Carter, who went to nearby Cal and who resides in the Bay Area, would provide solid pass-rushing depth to a unit that needs edge rushers after Kamerion Wimbley was cut. Carter has 76 career sacks since coming into the league in 2001. He had 10 sacks for New England last season before a quadriceps injury ended his season.

Carter, 33, would help Oakland on passing downs. He has experience as a 3-4 pass-rusher and he can fit in when the Raiders use some of those schemes. Teams have not been beating down Carter’s door, so I’d think if the Raiders like what they saw in his workout, they’d be able to cement a deal.

In other AFC West notes:

Safety Jim Leonhard practiced for Denver for the first time since signing with the Broncos earlier this month.

In an Insider piece, Mel Kiper thinks there are some AFC West rookiesInsider that could make become top 200 players next year.

Backup quarterback Matt Leinart and receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey returned to practice for the Raiders on Tuesday. Both players were shook up in Friday’s preseason game at Arizona.