With free agency approaching on March 9th, we continue to take a closer look at all of the Browns' unrestricted free agents, with ILB Tank Carder up next.
ILB Tank Carder
Carder, a career special-teamer, would often be seen exchanging jerseys with the opposition after games. Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports
How and When He Joined the Browns: In my head, I always want to think that Carder is a long-time veteran special teamer who is getting up their in age. In reality, he's younger than Craig Robertson. Carder was a fifth-round pick by the Buffalo Bills in 2012. He didn't make the final roster, and the Browns then snatched him up.
Productivity Level Last Season: Carder didn't see many defensive snaps last year, despite Jim O'Neil putting on some show like he was actually going to use him in blitz packages because he was the team's best blitzer. Carder finished the year with 6 tackles on defense and 10 tackles on special teams.
Why Keeping Him Could Make Sense: Carder also might have a slight benefit of having former ties to defensive coordinator Ray Horton in 2013, but if we're talking about Carder, he benefits more from Chris Tabor being the special teams coordinator. The Browns have some guys on the outside (Marlon Moore and Johnson Bademosi) that they like, but Carder is viewed as the core special teamer who isn't a gunner.
What the Browns Should Do: The market for Carder shouldn't be too demanding. Last year, the Browns re-signed Moore for 3 years, $2.85 million. I'd make Carder the same deal, which is pretty much slightly above the veteran minimum and very little guaranteed money included. Carder can't afford to say "no" to something like that, because for all he knows, nobody else might be interested in him and then boom, that could be the end of his NFL career.
Now it's your turn -- vote in the poll below on whether or not the team should try to re-sign Tank Carder!