ALAMEDA -- The Raiders signed veteran unrestricted free agent Andre Carter on Wednesday to bolster their pass rush, which has accounted for three sacks in three games.
To make room, tackle Joe Barksdale, a third-round draft pick in 2011, was waived.
Carter, 33, is a 12-year veteran out of Cal who played for the 49ers, Washington Redskins and New England Patriots. He has 76 sacks in 163 games after being the No. 7 overall pick of the 2001 draft by the 49ers, one selection after the Patriots took Richard Seymour.
Last season, Carter had 10 sacks and 22 pressures before tearing a quadriceps muscle on Dec. 18 and missing the last two games of the season. He was named to his first Pro Bowl but missed it because he was rehabbing from surgery.
"My wife was at that game," Carter said. "She ended up running into the locker room and asking me, 'What do you want to do?' I said, 'I have a feeling I can come back from this.' "
The Raiders worked out Carter once in Napa and again when they returned to the team facility. Carter said he's been ready to play for weeks and his use is at the discretion of the coaches.
Asked if he could go a few snaps if asked against Denver on Sunday, Carter said, "If I wasn't ready, then I wouldn't be here."
Seymour said Carter "would bring us some leadership for sure. He's a proven guy in this league. He's a guy that's shown he can rush the passer, and I think that will be essential for us."
Barksdale becomes the second third-round pick of the 2011 draft to be cut, with cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke being the other. A clue that Barksdale was well down the pecking order came against Pittsburgh when he was inactive for the third straight game despite an injury to starting right tackle Khalif Barnes.
Rather than have Barksdale available, the Raiders activated rookie third-round pick Tony Bergstrom after moving him from guard to tackle during the week.
"We don't have any control over that," Allen said. "We leave those matters up to the league."