While Lee Evans seemed to regress this season with the Ravens, Chris Carr battled injuries all season long, was due quite a bit of money in 2012, and had a few younger, up-and-coming cornerbacks breathing down his back for playing time.
With news of his release, this would be the perfect time for Elway-Fox-Xanders to start testing the waters with the recently released veteran.
His season was cut short by hamstring and back injuries, but at the age of only 28 years old, Carr would be a great piece for the Broncos to help solidify their defensive backfield.
It appears like the Ravens were in need of cap-space and had some quality talent to replace Carr already on the roster, Aaron Wilson of Carroll County Times reported:
"Carr was reportedly due a $2.5 million base salary and carried a $3.45 million salary-cap figure into 2012. The Ravens, looking to free up cap space, made the decision to part ways."
Carr signed a three-year deal for $14 million last offseason, which was mostly front-loaded with a $3.8 million signing bonus.
The reason for pursuing Carr in free agency is obvious. He is a young, talented, professional who doesn't bring any off-field baggage.
Outside of last season's injuries, Carr had played in all 16 games every season since 2005 (a total of six seasons straight). Carr would come at a reduced rate because of injuries and the fact that he hasn't always been a starting cornerback. Outside of 2010, when he started all 16 games, he has mostly served as a backup cornerback in Baltimore.
The Broncos would be wise to pick up Carr on a one-year contract to test out if he can fill a role for the Broncos next season.