As Dallas Cowboys Owner and GM Jerry Jones, Head Coach Jason Garrett, Defensive Coordinator Rob Ryan, and the scouting department prepare for the opening of the 2012 NFL Free Agency period on March 13th, everyone has an opinion on what the Cowboys should do. The general consensus is that the Cowboys should be looking for upgrades to the interior of the OL, the secondary, and perhaps the pass-rush. Our fan question this week asks about a specific player, one who Cowboy fans are probably familiar with now.
Todd Wilsher, Montreal, Quebec: Should the Cowboys be interested in signing Brandon Carr?
Brad Austin: Dallas certainly can afford to acquire Brandon Carr if Ole Jer decides he’s a ‘mortgage the farm’, must have player (which he isn’t). Carr should be asking around $10 million a year. His youth, ideal size, and performance history definitely places him in the top two corners available this off-season, which translates into a huge contract…somewhere around 5 years / $50 million range. Remember just last off-season Jerry went after Nnamdi Asomugha who lives in a similar price neighborhood, and Dallas had even less cap space to work with then. The real question is can Dallas afford Carr without severely undermining the effort to fill several other vacated spots created through free agency? And the answer is absolutely not. There are now multiple positions immediately demanding a quality re-sign or upgrade to contend in the NFC East. And this time around Jerry can’t ignore the holes and go with what he’s go, with fingers crossed hoping for a miracle along the way. The natives are far too hungry to be fed more bread and cheese sandwiches labelled ‘best club in town’. Blowing the wad on Carr would cost the team tremendous value when filling the many other team needs.
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