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Redskins beef up D-line with Carriker, Green

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By Eric Edholm

While the status of disgruntled DT Albert Haynesworth remains in limbo, the Redskins have started to stockpile DL help. Making the transition to some 3-4 schemes requires the proper working parts up front, and the team thinks that Adam Carriker — a former top-pick burnout with the Rams who missed all of last season with an injury — and journeyman Howard Green will be good fits as rotational players in the new defense. Putting the Haynesworth intrigue aside for a minute, it should be noted that although Carriker has struggled to date as a part-time end and tackle, he might be a better fit as a five-technique, as he was projected to coming out of Nebraska. His NFL career is only three seasons old at this point, and the risk was low, shuffling a few low-round draft picks to land a former top-15 pick. Carriker won't be counted on to start, but he could revive his career in this scheme and with a new team and a clean bill of health. Green, on the backside of his career, adds depth and is considered a hardworking pro.


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