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Brandon Carr | Defensive Back

Team: Dallas Cowboys
Age / DOB:  (28) / 5/19/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 210
College: Grand Valley State
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According to Rainer Sabin of the Dallas Morning News, the Cowboys have had discussions with Brandon Carr's agent at the NFL Combine.
Sabin believes the Cowboys may have asked Carr to take a pay cut. The underachieving corner is due a monster $12.7 million cap hit in 2015. With Dez Bryant likely to be franchise-tagged and DeMarco Murray headed for free agency, the Cowboys need all the salary cap relief they can get. Feb 22 - 9:34 AM

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Cowboys owner/GM Jerry Jones admits CB Brandon Carr is a candidate for release.

Carr has been a towering bust since signing a five-year, $50.1 million deal in March 2012, and is set to count $12.7 million against the cap next season. "One thing that we just got to do is we’ve got to make sure that every way we can, we get the value for the money," Jones said. The Cowboys could clear $8 million in cap space by designating Carr as a post-June 1 cut.
Jan 15 - 8:31 PM

ESPN Cowboys reporter Todd Archer believes 2014 could be CB Brandon Carr's last season in Dallas.

Carr was dreadful in 2013, but he was uncomfortable playing ex-DC Monte Kiffin's zone coverage. New DC Rod Marinelli will employ more of Carr's preferred man coverage, but Carr has never been an elite cornerback. It is doubtful that changes now. Dallas will likely be moving on after this season.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Sat, Jun 7, 2014 12:30:00 PM

Cowboys LCB Brandon Carr shed ten pounds this offseason and claims he's in "the best shape of his life."

"I’ve been playing this game for six years now, and I’m just ready to make that jump and become that shutdown corner," said Carr. Last year, Carr allowed the third most receptions (62) among NFL cornerbacks, per STATS Inc. Pro Football Focus graded him 74th among 110 qualifying corners in coverage. In fairness to Carr, he was too often asked to play zone under ex-Cowboys DC Monte Kiffin. He expects Dallas to use more man concepts under new DC Rod Marinelli.
Sun, May 18, 2014 11:19:00 PM

The Cowboys are expected to restructure CB Brandon Carr's contract once again this offseason.

Carr currently carries a $12.217 million cap number for 2014, an untenable number for a team roughly $25 million over the projected cap. So they'll kick Carr's contract down the road again, giving them some relief this year but making it harder to cut him down the line. The former Chief was one of the reasons the Cowboys had the league's worst defense this season as he graded out 74th among 110 qualifying corners in Pro Football Focus' grades. Jason Witten, Tony Romo, Sean Lee and DeMarcus Ware will also likely have their deals restructured.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Mon, Jan 6, 2014 09:42:00 AM

Brandon Carr is expected to shadow Calvin Johnson Sunday.

The Cowboys won't risk letting Morris Claiborne get singled up on Calvin, so a shadow scheme makes sense. Carr has been excellent of late and currently grades out as ProFootballFocus' No. 13 overall corner out of 107 qualifiers. Of course, Megatron is a different beast and will be our top wideout play in Week 8.
Thu, Oct 24, 2013 10:50:00 AM

The Cowboys restructured CB Brandon Carr's contract, clearing $10.8 million in cap space.

The restructuring was built in to Carr's five-year, $50.1 million contract that was signed last offseason. Next up in the Cowboys' restructuring plans are DT Jay Ratliff, Miles Austin, OT Doug Free, and CB Orlando Scandrick.
Thu, Feb 28, 2013 01:24:00 PM

ESPN Dallas says the Cowboys "will" restructure CB Brandon Carr's contract.

Carr has to agree to the restructuring, of course, but there's nothing to suggest that he wouldn't be open to it. Carr is due a fully guaranteed $14.3 million base salary in 2013, year two of a five-year deal, along with about $2 million in signing bonus proration. Restructuring his deal would apparently save "about $10.5 million" toward the 2013 cap.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Thu, Feb 14, 2013 02:05:00 PM

Cowboys CB Brandon Carr is expected to play some safety against the Eagles on Sunday.

Dallas likes to move Carr to safety against teams like Philadelphia that tend to take more deep shots down field. Against the Giants in Week 8, Carr played 15 snaps as a ball-hawking safety. FS Gerald Sensabaugh has struggled this season, so Carr gives the Cowboys some security on the back end.
Sun, Nov 11, 2012 09:18:00 AM

Cowboys CB Brandon Carr will be assigned Vincent Jackson in coverage in Week 3.

Carr held Sidney Rice to three catches for 33 yards last week, but this isn't an obvious downgrade for Jackson, as the Bucs should be playing from behind. Rotoworld ranks Jackson as a mid-to-low end WR2 against the Cowboys.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Sat, Sep 22, 2012 07:05:00 PM

Brandon Carr has "undoubtedly" been the best defensive back on the field during spring practices, according to the Dallas Morning News.

This has been the sentiment out of Dallas since OTAs began. Of course, it's hardly a surprise considering first-rounder Morris Claiborne (wrist surgery) has yet to practice and the Cowboys' biggest defensive weakness last season was the secondary.
Fri, Jun 15, 2012 10:30:00 AM

Cowboys DC Rob Ryan says LCB Brandon Carr will be first in line to shadow No. 1 receivers if Dallas employs that strategy in 2012.

"If we need to shut somebody down, or put him on a bigger guy, I’m sure Brandon will be up to the challenge," said Ryan. Ryan called Carr "actually better" than he expected, and characterized him as a "special" cover guy. "Just because he shuts down everybody," Ryan said. "He can cover anybody. He’s got long arms, great length and he’s a great person who works his tail off."
Thu, May 31, 2012 11:50:00 AM

As expected, Brandon Carr has been lining up at left cornerback in Cowboys OTAs.

Carr was expected to play the left side even before the Cowboys drafted Morris Claiborne. Carr manned the right during his four years in Kansas City. "It is different. I’m not going to say that it’s not," Carr said Wednesday. "Just from the standpoint of your muscle memory on the right side, it’s different. The mechanics and things like that." We're not worried about Carr's ability to flip sides.
Sat, May 26, 2012 01:13:00 PM

The Cowboys plan to use Brandon Carr at left cornerback, after he primarily played right corner in Kansas City.

Left cornerbacks typically line up on the strong side of the formation and need to be better tacklers because offenses run to that side most often. Carr excels as a tackler with safety size at 6-foot, 207. Mike Jenkins will stay at right corner, squaring off mostly with opposing split ends, or "X" receivers.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Wed, Apr 4, 2012 01:12:00 PM

Cowboys signed CB Brandon Carr to a five-year, $50.1 million contract.

The extra $100,000 is no coincidence, enabling Carr to top Cortland Finnegan's $50 million deal with the Rams. The No. 8 player on Profootballtalk's Hot 100 Free Agents, Carr was easily the top defensive back remaining on the market. Possessing youth (26), ideal size and press coverage skills, Carr will be a major upgrade on Terence Newman. The Cowboys did well to land their top free-agent target.
Wed, Mar 14, 2012 04:07:00 PM