Dallas Cowboys Draft Impact: CB Brandon Carr Signs for 5 Years, $50.1 Million

Sigmund BloomNFL Draft Lead WriterMarch 14, 2012

The signing of Brandon Carr frees up the Cowboys to focus on other positions in the first round.
The signing of Brandon Carr frees up the Cowboys to focus on other positions in the first round.Wesley Hitt/Getty Images

The Dallas Cowboys didn't let their $10 million cap penalty stop them from giving out the biggest contract to any free-agent cornerback this year. Adam Schefter from ESPN had the scoop:

Cowboys sign CB Brandon Carr to a 5-year, $50.1 million deal.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 14, 2012


The Cowboys might have overpaid for Carr, but with Cortland Finnegan off the market and Brent Grimes franchised by the Atlanta Falcons, the former Kansas City Chief was the marquee free-agent corner on the market.

After Terence Newman's release earlier this week, the door swung wide open to the Cowboys selecting a cornerback with the 14th overall pick in the draft, but Carr's signing all but shuts it, as they seem satisfied with Orlando Scandrick and Mike Jenkins as their other primary corners. What other directions could the team take in the first round?

OG David DeCastro (Stanford): He might have the highest ceiling of any player in the draft and he would fill a position of great need. There's a good chance DeCastro will be available as long as the Seahawks don't target him to address their recent release of Robert Gallery. The Cowboys should sprint to the podium if he is.

OG/OT Cordy Glenn (Georgia): Glenn is in the classic Cowboys mold of a massive, athletic offensive lineman, and he can provide depth at offensive tackle in addition to plugging a hole at guard. Tony Pauline of SI.com and TFYDraftInsider said back in February that Glenn could be the Cowboys pick in the same breath that he mentioned the strong possibility of them signing Carr. Hmm...

DL Michael Brockers (LSU): Brockers is a good fit for what the Cowboys ask of their defensive linemen, and he would make everyone on the line stronger by giving them relief, potentially even at nose tackle for a few snaps.