A sixth round pick in 2011 (194th overall), Carter spent last season on the team's practice squad. Reportedly earning an increase in pay, Carter chose to remain with the club in December rather than sign with another team for a chance to earn playing time.
According to his twitter account, Carter wished fans well Thursday morning:
The 6-foot-4, 248-pound Oklahoma native had reportedly been working on bulking up to play more of the DE/OLB role with the Patriots. A defensive end in college, Carter recorded 143 tackles and 16.5 sacks at Central Arkansas.
Carter's release will create one open spot on the Patriots 90-man roster.
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