It was a long night of wining, dining and negotiation in Big D on Tuesday night, but the effort has paid off today. Former Kansas City Chief and top rated free agent cornerback Brandon Carr has signed with the Dallas Cowboys. Carr will replace Terence Newman, who was released after nine seasons of wearing the beloved star. The 25-year-old corner will now join the likes of Mike Jenkins and Orlando Scandrick in the defensive backfield and will help bolster a pass defense that ranked a poultry 23rd in the league last season.
“I’m ecstatic.” Carr responded when asked about his new team. “It’s been a long, long time and I’ve been waiting for this opportunity to not only secure myself financially, but also to elevate my game to be at the highest level, which is the Dallas Cowboys. Now it’s time to turn my game up another notch.”
Carr was a fifth round pick by the Chiefs back in 2008. In his four years in the league, the Grand Valley State alum recorded 237 tackles and eight interceptions. He grabbed four of those picks last season. Carr has also never missed a game in his tenure with Kansas City and is considered to be a great up-and-coming young player. At 6′o, 207 pounds, he also brings a more physical presence at corner than Newman provided. And he’ll need that size going up against the likes of Hakeem Nicks (Giants), Vincent Jackson (Bucs), Brandon Marshall (Bears) and Roddy White (Falcons) next season.
@AdamSchefter: Over past two seasons, new Cowboys CB Brandon Carr has knocked down 28 passes, second in the NFL, behind only Joe Haden and his 30.
Luckily, the Cowboys were able to sign Carr relatively quickly. The other top-rated free agent cornerbacks were mostly all taken prior to Carr’s signing. Cortland Finnegan agreed to a five year deal with the St. Louis Rams worth an estimated $50 million. And Carlos Rogers agreed to remain with the San Fransisco 49ers by signing a four year deal worth a max of $31.3 million.
Carr’s salary numbers are similar. He signed a 5 year deal with the Cowboys for an estimated $50 million.
And there is no reason to think Dallas is done adding to their defensive backfield. Obtaining yet another cornerback and a safety in either free agency or through the draft is not only expected, but needed. Dallas received visits today from free agent LB Dan Connor and TE Kellen Davis. They signed fullback Lawrence Vickers to a two year deal to possibly replace free agent Tony Fiammetta.
And QB Kyle Orton, who meet with the team Tuesday night, also signed a three year deal today to back up Tony Romo. All of these moves address the various team needs. But Dallas is also trying to make these additions under a limited salary cap situation, so future signings my be few and far between. I’d expect Carr to be the biggest free agent signing by the Boys, salary-wise.