Andre Carter wants to be a Patriot, but for the right price

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Andre Carter, Vince Wilfork

As inevitable as an Andre Carter reunion with the Patriots may seem, the sticking point should come as no surprise.

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As always, even when they say it’s not about the money, it’s about the money.

Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports that the defensive end’s looking for a long-term deal at a salary commensurate with his Pro Bowl resume, since he expects to be ready to play the regular season opener.

The Patriots, on the other hand, see a 33-year-old who tore his quadriceps tendon in Week 15, who might need to go on the physically unable to perform list as soon as he’s signed. Howe indicates that’s a negotiating tactic, designed to lower financial expectations for a guy who would miss a third of the season.

Carter was a bargain last year, turning in 10.0 sacks emerging as a three-down player who provided leadership, all for a one-year, $2.75 million contract. Read more here…

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