DeAndre Carter played four games with the Bears in 2020. Despite the team not re-signing the wide receiver/return specialist in free agency last year, a new Chicago regime is interested.
The Bears brought Carter in for a visit Monday, Doug Kyed of Pro Football Focus tweets. Carter spent the past season with Washington, working as a return man and a part-time starter. The Bears are not the only team interested in the former UDFA. The Chargers are bringing him in as well, with ProFootballNetwork.com’s Aaron Wilson indicating (via Twitter) that meeting is set for Tuesday.
A Sacramento State alum, Carter is best known as a pro for being a returner. The 5-foot-8 talent spent last season as Washington’s primary kick and punt returner; Carter returned a kickoff for a 101-yard touchdown against Atlanta in Week 4. He returned both kicks and punts for the Texans and Eagles previously. The Bears’ previous regime used Carter sparsely; he returned four punts for Chicago in 2020. Last season, Carter caught a career-high 24 passes for 296 yards and three touchdowns. The Bears initially picked up Carter as a midseason waiver claim.
Chicago signed both Byron Pringle and Equanimeous St. Brown, retooling their receiving corps following Allen Robinson‘s departure. The Bolts extended Mike Williams and have Josh Palmer and Jalen Guyton as auxiliary cogs behind Williams and Keenan Allen. Their return man to end last season, Andre Roberts, is a free agent. The Bears cut former All-Pro returner Tarik Cohen last month.
Washington is making an interesting special teams addition. The team has signed receiver/returner DeAndre Carter, they announced on Thursday.
Carter entered the league as an UDFA in 2015 originally with the Ravens, but he didn’t see a regular season NFL field until 2018. After grinding for a few years on the practice squads of teams like the Raiders, Patriots, and 49ers, he finally broke through with the Eagles. He played in seven games for Philly before being waived and claimed by Houston, where he made more of an impact.
In seven games for the Texans that year, he caught 20 passes for 195 yards, while also serving as their kick and punt returner. In 2019 he appeared in all 16 games for them, catching 11 passes for 162 yards while once again serving as the kick and punt returner.
He served the same role for the first nine games of 2020 before getting cut and claimed by the Bears. He played the final month of the season in Chicago returning punts. He’s never returned a kick to the house, but has done some damage. Washington doesn’t have any clear better options currently on the roster, so he’ll presumably slot in as the primary returner for 2021.
Here are Tuesday’s minor moves:
- Released from IR: CB Jordan Miller
- Promoted: TE Eric Tomlinson
- Activated from reserve/COVID-19 list: WR DeAndre Carter
- Placed on IR: OL Chris Hubbard
- Activated off IR: DE Julian Okwara
Kansas City Chiefs
- Placed on reserve/COVID-19 list: LB Anthony Hitchens
Las Vegas Raiders
- Activated off IR: LB Tanner Muse
Los Angeles Rams
- Promoted: WR Isaiah Ford
New York Jets
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
4:11pm: Return man DeAndre Carter tested positive for the coronavirus, according to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune (on Twitter). He is now on their reserve/COVID-19 list. It appears this was responsible for the team shutting down its facility. The Bears claimed Carter off waivers from the Texans last month. He has played in two games with the team, including Sunday’s loss to the Lions.
9:55am: The Bears have closed their team facility for the day, per a club announcement. They’ll be WFH all day Thursday as they gear up for Sunday’s game against the Texans.
“This morning we were notified that we had a positive COVID-19 test,” the team said in a statement. “As a result, the club has elected to pause all in-person football activities today and close Halas Hall. Instead, all meetings will be conducted virtually. The individual who tested positive has been contacted and has already begun self-isolation. We are working with the NFL medical experts to identify close contacts and follow the league’s guidance. The health and safety of our team, players and staff are the highest priority.”
The Bears did not identify the positive player or staffer, though practice squad wide receiver Thomas Ives was recently placed on the reserve list. He was reported to have tested positive for the virus, and two other p-squadders — defensive lineman LaCale London and linebacker Manti Te’o — have also hit the list.
Every NFL team has had to suspend practice at one point or another in 2020. For the Bears, it’s the second time that they’ve had to scrap a Thursday session. For now, their game against the Texans is slated to go on as scheduled.
Here are Wednesday’s minor moves:
- Claimed off waivers from Broncos: CB Davontae Harris
- Claimed off waivers from Texans: WR DeAndre Carter
- Placed on reserve/COVID-19 list: DE Freedom Akinmoladun
- Removed from reserve/COVID-19 list: CB Trae Waynes; Waynes remains on IR
- Waived via left-squad designation: LB Nigel Bradham
New York Giants
New York Jets
- Activated from IR: LB Patrick Onwuasor
- Activated from reserve/COVID-19 list: S Marcus Epps
San Francisco 49ers
- Placed on reserve/COVID-19 list: DT Javon Kinlaw
- Activated from IR: OL Phil Haynes
- Placed on IR: CB Neiko Thorpe
- Activated from IR: RB Senorise Perry
We’ll put all of today’s minor moves here:
- Released: KR DeAndre Carter
- Placed on IR: RB Chris Thompson
Kansas City Chiefs
- Placed on IR: CB Craig James
San Francisco 49ers
- Placed on reserve/COVID-19 list: DL Arik Armstead
- Placed on reserve/COVID-19 list: LB David Long
Fortunately it looks like all these COVID-19 list placements were due to contacts and not positive tests, meaning the Chiefs will likely have both of their starting tackles available on Sunday assuming they don’t test positive between now and then.
The Texans have been busy recently and they kept up the activity Sunday, inking cornerback Bradley Roby to a new three-year deal. They signed kicker Ka’imi Fairbairn to an extension last week, and now we have the details on that agreement. Fairbairn got $9MM guaranteed in his four-year, $17.65MM deal, and he got a $3MM signing bonus, sources told Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle. He has a fully guaranteed $4MM salary for 2020 with a $4.75MM cap hit. In 2021 he has a base salary of $4MM as well, with $2MM of it being guaranteed. His base salaries in 2022 and 2023 are $3.55MM and $3.65MM respectively, with both of those years being non-guaranteed.
Here’s more from Houston:
- The Texans were slated to workout former Broncos receiver Jordan Taylor but that has now been scrapped due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Wilson tweets. It’s a tough blow for Taylor, who has been fighting to regain his footing in the league since a hip injury ended his time with Denver. After spending 2018 on the Broncos’ PUP list, he was with the Vikings last preseason. Nicknamed ‘Sunshine’, Taylor became a fan favorite during his time in Denver.
- We also have the financial details on another recent Texans extension, returner-receiver DeAndre Carter. Wilson tweets that Carter’s one-year deal is worth $660K. A 2015 UDFA from Sacramento State, Carter finally broke through with Houston in 2018 after spending years bouncing around various practice squads. He returned punts and kicks for the Texans this past year while also contributing a little on offense, catching 11 passes for 162 yards. His season ended on a low note, as Carter had a crucial lost fumble on a kickoff return during the Texans’ playoff loss to the Chiefs.
We’ll keep track of today’s minor moves here:
- Signed: LS Jacob Bobenmoyer
- Re-signed: WR DeAndre Carter