'Skins Sign Carrier Five Years

Three-time Pro Bowl safety Mark Carrier signed a five-year, $15.9 million contract with the Washington Redskins on Thursday.

The signing came one day after Carrier's enthusiastic visit to Redskin Park. Carrier was flown into town in owner Dan Snyder's private jet, met with Snyder at length and said: "I like it, I like it a lot."

Carrier, who received a $3 million signing bonus, said he was also considering Tennessee and Chicago, but he chose to visit the Redskins first.

Carrier replaces Leomont Evans, a fourth round draft pick in 1996 and the starter at free safety for the last two seasons. Evans' last big play for the Redskins was a negative one: His 31-yard pass interference penalty led to Tampa Bay's first touchdown in the Buccaneers' 14-13 victory over Washington in the playoffs.

Evans became a free agent this month, and the Redskins indicated they did not plan to re-sign him.

Carrier, 31, has played 10 NFL seasons, the first seven with Chicago. He had 10 interceptions as a rookie in 1990 and made the Pro Bowl after the 1990, 1991 and 1993 seasons.

Last year, Carrier had three interceptions and was named an alternate for the Pro Bowl. He has 34 career interceptions.

Carrier is known as fierce hitter, sometimes too fierce. He has been disciplined seven times by the league, six times for helmet-to-helmet hits.

Two of the hits drew one-game suspensions. In 1998, Carrier was suspended for a game, costing him about $25,000, for a helmet-to-helmet hit that gave Tampa Bay's Brice Hunter a concussion.

Last season, Carrier was suspended without pay for a game and fined $50,000 for a hit on Green Bay wide receiver Antonio Freeman.

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