When new Browns coach Mike Pettine was the defensive coordinator of the Buffalo Bills last year, defensive end Alex Carrington earned a job in training camp as one of Pettine’s starters.
Carrington, though, suffered a torn quadriceps muscle in Week 3 and was sidelined for the rest of the season. He was in the final year of his rookie contract with the Bills, who drafted him in the third round (72nd overall) out of Arkansas State University in 2010.
Despite the setback, there is still a possibility that Carrington, 26, could play a significant role for Pettine. As an unrestricted free agent, Carrington is receiving strong interest from the Browns and the St. Louis Rams, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported today.
The 6-foot-5, 301-pound Carrington compiled 10 tackles and started each of the three games in which he appeared last season. He had his most productive season in 2012, when he played in all 16 games as a backup and compiled 19 tackles, including two sacks, three passes defensed, a forced fumble, three blocked field goals and a blocked extra-point attempt.
If the Browns sign Carrington, they would add a young player who’s familiar with Pettine’s 3-4, hybrid scheme.