After that, Carter wanted to play in his native city. When his wish came true, it gave the Dolphins their second high-profile signing at defensive end this offseason, following the acquisition of former Green Bay and Kansas City starter Vonnie Holliday.
Carter, the sixth overall pick in the 1995 draft out of the University of Florida, has never missed a game in his 10-year career.
Carter has experience at both end and tackle, which will come in handy as the Dolphins are expected to move to a 3-4 defense, which requires bulkier ends than incumbent starters Jason Taylor and David Bowens.
A two-time Pro Bowl selection, Carter had 82 tackles, including six sacks, for Tennessee last season.
As for Boston, he was released after failing his physical. His release saved a little over $3 million in cap space, and he was expected to be released anyway without a restructuring of his contract.
So the book is closed on the Boston experiment and the Dolphins got basically nothing out of the talented but controversial wide receiver, although they only had to pay a sixth-round pick in taking the chance.