To acquire Carriker, the Redskins simply had to swap fifth- and seventh-round draft picks with the St. Louis Rams.
And that’s it.
Since then, Carriker has strived to prove he’s worth more than that.
Last season, he started 15 of 16 games at defensive end and posted 49 tackles and a career-high 5.5 sacks.
“I feel like I played pretty well, for the most part,” he said.
Carriker, 27, enters the offseason as one of the Redskins’ unrestricted free agent.
He believes he fits well in the defensive scheme and he hopes to return next season.
“We’ll see what happens,” he said. “We’ll see if they call. We’ll see if talks happen. I like it here. I’d like to stay here. If it’s a fair deal, that’s great. If not, then I’ll test free agency and see what happens.”
Perhaps complicating matters for Carriker is the presence of 2011 second-round draft pick
Jenkins emerged as a force during training camp and preseason before suffering a knee ligament injury that sidelined him for the rest of the year.
If Jenkins shows he’s fully healthy next training camp, he could take Carriker’s starting job on the defensive line.
Carriker’s not concerned, though.
He said: “If you look at other teams that run similar defenses – like Pittsburgh, they had Aaron Smith, Brett Keisel and a rookie [Cameron Heyward] in basically a three-man rotation. So if I stay, I pretty much envision that’s what I’d do here next year.”
Carriker is regarded as a natural 3-4 defensive end. He is in his second year in the Redskins’ system and fourth year playing for defensive coordinator Jim Haslett, who drafted him in St. Louis in 2007.
“Adam obviously feels comfortable with what we’re doing,” Haslett said. “He struggled a little bit early coming from a four-man line in St. Louis. But he is made to be a 3-4 guy.”
Carriker is optimistic about the Redskins’ prospect, despite the disappointing 5-11 finish.
“We had one less win last season but you can see the team is getting better,” he said. “I think a lot of that comes from when we were healthy, we were 3-1 and playing well. Then we had a lot of injuries, and we struggled, and that can happen in this league.
“It’s the guys in the locker room – I feel like we have more talent and I feel like we have guys who fit the scheme a lot better.”
Then he made his pitch – directly or indirectly – to return to Washington.
“I think the longer we’re together, the better we’ll be,” Carriker said.