Bills Free Agent DE Alex Carrington Left Monday Visit With Raiders Unsigned

Buffalo Bills unrestricted free agent defensive end Alex Carrington met with the Oakland Raiders Monday, but left town unsigned, according to Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle.

This is great news for the Pittsburgh Steelers, who are believed to have serious interest in Carrington after having him in for visit this past Friday. According to Tafur, the Arkansas State product was off to his next visit and that is believed to be with the St. Louis Rams.

Carrington is obviously doing his due diligence, so we’ll see how things go with the Rams on Tuesday.

The Steelers are looking for a defensive end to help replace the loss of Ziggy Hood and Al Woods, after losing both during the first week of free agency.

The Steelers signed former San Diego Chargers nose tackle Cam Thomas on Friday and he will likely back up nose tackle Steve McLendon, and essentially fill the role that Woods played last season on defense.

  • 804Stiller

    The plot thickens.

  • mlc43

    I’d like to see us sign him. We definitely need some help on the DL. If he’s all healed up his addition would give us a serviceable DL.

  • Steve

    I wish the FO would get Worilds extension done and possibly restructure Timmons in order to sign guys like Carrington and bring JCO back.

  • CuldesacBill

    Sounds like we still have a chance. Hopefully he sees this is a better opportunity than the Raiders or Rams.

  • Derick L Young

    most likely do that when they get that 8 million from Woodley’s cut

  • steeltown

    Good news. One thing to consider is St. Louis is pretty stacked with pass rushers and other DL talent.. one would think they wont be offering him a ton of money and he probably wouldnt be a starter… hopefully this helps us

  • Bill Sechrengost

    I was just looking at some of the cap charges for this year. I see that Pouncey counts as $5,514,000 against the cap, which is a large hit. Based on Jason Kelce’s contract with Philadelphia of $37.5 million for six years and $13 million guaranteed, I would think signing Pouncey’s extension would also lower his cap hit for 2014. They wouldn’t have to wait until after June 1 for that. Every little bit helps.

  • Brian Tollini

    Probably don’t want to dish out that kind of money until they know how his knee has healed.


    It’s not the end of the world if we don’t land this guy, but if we truly believe he is a STARTER, then I would be all in for getting him. That would be 2 positions that we don’t have to draft (FS, DE) and would allow us to go after other positions of need.
    Good, solid, YOUNG player on the rise. Anybody have an inkling what it would take $-wise to land him?
    And more importantly, would we have the money to do so?


    Steve, that’s a great point. I’m surprised that NOTHING has happened (nor really anything reported) on the Worilds contract.
    Normally, somebody wants to throw some suppositions out on a situation like this, but it’s eerily quiet and I’m starting to have an uneasy feeling….
    Beyond that, yeah, we could use the bucks now for FA signings for sure.
    Why did we spend ANY money on Guy Whimper? Really don’t get that.

  • Steelers12328882

    Oh man! I hope we can sign this guy! I don’t think there’s another veteran out there that we could sign like him. IT would have to be Keisel and a high draft pick if not. Crossing my fingers!

  • Douglas Andrews

    The opportunity to start should give us a leg up on him. Good sign that his agent left Oakland without a contract as they certainly have the cap space to over pay him. IF we’re able to sign him along with Cam our D line depth will be much improved before the draft. if and when we sign a #2 RB I’d call this a good offseason.

  • Douglas Andrews

    Question would be if this guy is a long term answer or just a fill in for the short term if he’s signed.

  • AndyR34

    Really?? They needed to lock him up before somebody else came in and grabbed him like with Woods, Dwyer, and Cotch! Can’t afford to lose him ’cause he’s cheap! (sarcasm!)

  • srdan

    If at all based on how the line performd last year when it gelled.

  • AndyR34

    Oakland was pretty well stacked with new DL’s also…Woodley, Justin Tuck, etc.

  • Bill Sechrengost

    I don’t see this guy signing a one-year deal. If Al Woods can get 2 years, $5 million, I would think this guy would get 3-year $10.5 million or 4-year, $13-14 million, somewhere around there, especially for a starter as opposed to a backup like Woods.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    He has a shot at starting for us but the question is probably the money aspect of it. Lets hope the Rams are broke.