Carr signed a four-year deal with the Ravens on Thursday. The Ravens were rumored to have interest in Morris Claiborne, who started across from Carr in the Dallas secondary for much of last season. The 30-year-old corner has started all 16 games in each of his nine NFL seasons, and while his availability has been the model of consistency, the quality of his play has been a different story. He was often exploited by No. 1 wideouts during his five-year tenure in Dallas, with his playmaking ability (one interception over the last three seasons) also leaving something to be desired. However, he should provide an upgrade in Baltimore, where the No. 2 and 3 cornerback spots are an annual weakness. Carr should draw easier matchups with his new team, as the other projected starters in the secondary -- CB Jimmy Smith and safeties Eric Weddle and Tony Jefferson -- are all stellar.
Carr has been lining up on the right side of the defense during OTAs, The Ft. Worth Star-Telegram reports. He played on the right side in Kansas City, but Mo Claiborne's lengthy injury history has forced Carr to line up on the left for most of his tenure in Dallas, with inconsistent (at best) results. Claiborne has actually been healthy so far this offseason though, so the team will try to ease Carr back into the spot where he's most comfortable. Don't expect this to have a big impact on Carr's IDP value if it lasts, but it could help the Cowboys' overall secondary play.
Carr agreed to a pay cut for the 2016 season, freeing up over $3.5 million in cap space for the Cowboys, The Dallas Morning News reports. He was set to make $9.1 million in the final year of the contract he signed with the Cowboys back in 2012, but with no guaranteed money left on the deal Carr could have been simply cut after June 1. The new deal keeps Carr in Dallas with a base salary of $4.25 million, which could increase to $6 million after bonuses.
Carr finished the 2015 season with a career-high 76 tackles, but failed to intercept a pass for the season straight season. The tackles gave him a little IDP value in deep formats, but the veteran cornerback has one more season left on his contract and his declining performance could result in Carr being a cap casualty in the offseason. The Cowboys have depth issues at DB, however, so depending on how they address the position in the draft, Carr could end up sticking around for one more year in Dallas.
Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr underwent surgery on his broken hand Monday, reports the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Carr needed the surgery to fix a broken bone in his hand, but he is expected to be ready for the regular season. "I take a lot of pride in being able to fight through whatever is going on to suit up on Sunday," he said. "At the same time, I've been blessed. It's not all me. It's really not me at all. I've just been blessed to play through certain injuries and stay away from the major ones."