New Redskins free safety Tyrone Carter is a 34-year-old veteran of the NFL, having played with the New York Jets, Minnesota Vikings and Pittsburgh Steelers. Last year Carter played for the Steelers, starting 12 games in place of the injured Troy Polamalu and earning AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors with a huge performance against the Denver Broncos on Monday Night.
Carter was a 4th round pick [122 overall] of the Vikings in the 2000 NFL Draft. He played three seasons for the Vikings before departing for the Jets in 2003. He had career highs of 88 tackles and two interceptions with the Jets, but was cut after one year. The Vikings picked him back up but put him on injured reserve and then cut him in September after he got injured in the preseason. The Steelers picked him up in October of 2004 and he played with Pittsburgh until the end of the 2009 season.
From 2005 through 2008 Carter appeared in every regular and post season game the Steelers played, sometimes as a starter, usually as a reserve. He won AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors for the first time in 2008 for a 2-interception and 1-TD performance against the Cleveland Browns.
The Redskins like Carter because of his experience at both safety positions and with the 3-4 defense, long used in Pittsburgh.