Nobody questioned if Derek Carrier would play in the NFL this fall. At 6-foot-3, 240 lbs., Carrier has great size for the tight end position to go with good hands and route running ability. Carrier can help a team, and now that team will be the Los Angeles Rams. 

The Redskins completed a cut day trade with the Rams to send Carrier to California and reunite him with head coach Sean McVay, per multiple reports. Terms of the trade were not immediately disclosed, but believed to be a 7th round draft pick.

Since the selection of Jeremy Sprinkle in the 2017 draft, Carrier looked like the odd man out in the Redskins tight end group. Jordan Reed and Vernon Davis are roster locks. Niles Paul had a strong training camp and preseason working his way back from injury. And Sprinkle, while a 5th round rookie, has talent and size that can be developed. 

Carrier was good, but expendable. The Redskins acquired him in 2015 after they became desperate for help at the position due to injuries. Scot McCloughan sent a 2016 fifth round selection to San Francisco to get Carrier. 

In two seasons for Washington, Carrier played in 20 out of 33 games as he dealt with injuries too. He started 11 games and had 19 catches for 151 yards and a touchdown. 


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