The Oakland Raiders have signed Cartwright to a contract.|||||||
The move announced Wednesday gives Oakland needed depth. Cartwright can play halfback, fullback and return kicks. The Raiders cut halfback Justin Fargas last month and are thin at fullback. Cartwright ran for 228 yards on 64 carries last season. He also averaged 22.3 yards per kickoff return. He has 889 yards rushing in eight seasons. He has scored nine career touchdowns.
Cartwright will not start Sunday's game at Oakland. Quinton Ganther will get the start for the Redskins, instead.|||||||
Cartwright rushed for only 77 yards on 28 carries in his two starts. "I'm a little disappointed, but what can I do about it?" Cartwright said. "I'm not going to lose no sleep over it. I've still got a job."
Cartwright and the Washington Redskins agreed to a $3 million, three-year contract Friday that keeps the free agent with the only NFL team he's played for.|||||||
Cartwright has played six NFL seasons since the Redskins drafted him out of Kansas State in 2002. Over his career, he has 146 carries for 647 yards, along with 31 catches for 320 yards - but he had only two runs for zero yards and no receptions last season. He has a career average of 23.9 yards on kickoffs. The deal includes a $300,000 signing bonus for Cartwright, whose 25.8-yard average on kickoff returns ranked second in the NFC last season.
Cartwright did not practice on Thursday because of a quadriceps injury and said that he likely would not play if he was able to do more by Friday, according to the Washington Post.|||||||
Cartwright returned a kickoff 80 yards in Sunday's win over Arizona returned the second-half kickoff 80 yards, and leads the NFC with a kickoff return average of 29.2 yards.
Filling in as the Redskins' primary backup tailback in the absence of the injured Ladell Betts, Cartwright gained 118 rushing yards on only nine carries in Sunday's 24-9 win at St. Louis. The performance was the first career 100-yard game for the running back.|||||||
The 118 yards nearly doubled Cartwright's total of 68 yards entering Sunday's game. Despite the strong effort, Cartwright remains behind Clinton Portis and Betts on the depth chart, so his carries will likely remain limited.