Dallas Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr, who is entering the final year of a five-year, $50.1 million deal, may not be in the team's plans for the future.
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Carr's Status "Up For Discussion"
Friday, Feb. 26
Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones spoke with Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News about Carr.
"Obviously when you're making that kind of money, you subject yourself to some discussions," Jones said. "So we're obviously doing that, and we'll continue to do that."
Carr will be entering his ninth NFL season in 2016, and he has something to prove. In the last two seasons, Carr hasn't recorded a single interception after having 14 in his first six years in the league.
He was second on the Cowboys with six passes defended and was the only cornerback to play in all 16 games last year, though. And despite its 4-12 record, struggling cornerbacks and lack of continuity at the position, Dallas had the league's fifth-ranked pass defense.
But by the time the new season starts, Carr will be 30, with his better days behind him. The Cowboys may feel Carr's $50.1 million contract is too much for someone who is not playing like a No. 1 corner.
They still owe him plenty of money, too, as Carr is set to earn $9.1 million next year, according to Spotrac.
The Cowboys could try to get Carr to take a pay cut, which would make 2016 less painful if he doesn't produce again. Dallas tried to get Carr to take a pay cut after the 2014 season but was unable to get anything done. Instead, he made $8 million for six pass deflections.
If Dallas approaches Carr and he doesn't take less money, the team might cut its losses and release him. The Cowboys could instead head to the NFL draft with their fourth overall pick and take a highly rated cornerback such as Florida State's Jalen Ramsey or Florida's Vernon Hargreaves III.
Stats courtesy of Pro-Football-Reference.com.