San Francisco Signs First-Round Pick Carter
July 26, 2001
By GREG BEACHAM
AP Sports Writer
STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) - Defensive end Andre Carter, the San Francisco 49ers'top draft pick, agreed to a five-year, $11.6 million contract Thursday.
Carter, the seventh overall choice, was an All-America defensive end atCalifornia last season. The 49ers traded up in the April draft to select theformer San Jose high school star.
San Francisco is counting on Carter to become the latest rookie contributorto its rebuilding effort. He is expected to make an immediate impact whileplaying alongside Bryant Young and Dana Stubblefield on the 49ers' defensiveline, which was one of San Francisco's biggest weaknesses last season.
'He is flat going to earn a starting job, and he's going to keep it,'49ers coach Steve Mariucci said.
Carter will receive signing and option bonuses that guarantee $7.7 millionover the first two years of the contract.
Carter was disappointed when he missed the first day of workouts at the49ers' training camp, but after he arrived in Stockton on Thursday night, hesaid he was ready to get started.
'On Tuesday, I had my bags packed and ready to go,' Carter said. 'It wasa little disappointment, but I'm just ready to give it my all.'
After drafting Carter and bringing back Stubblefield as a free agent tocomplement Young, that weakness might be a strength. Mariucci said Carter willstart out on the right end, but could see playing time all over the line.
'We were thrilled on draft day when we were able to draft Andre,' generalmanager Terry Donahue said. 'Andre Carter is going to be a part of thisorganization for a long time.'
Carter's father, Rubin, played 10 seasons for the Denver Broncos and is anassistant coach with the New York Jets. Carter said he remembered his father'straining camps, and they helped to prepare him for the four weeks he'scurrently facing.
'My attention span when I was little wasn't up there, but I do remember mydad just coming home dog-tired and maybe a little upset,' Carter said. 'I'msure I'll feel that way before too long.'
Carter was the last player to sign with the 49ers, whose veterans report tocamp at the University of the Pacific on Saturday, with the first full-squadworkouts on Sunday.
'He makes our team complete now,' Mariucci said. 'To have everybody inhere is unusual. Most teams don't have that.'