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Cowboys Reportedly Planning on Releasing Carr
Tuesday, March 1
Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports cited two league sources and said Carr is “expected to be released.” Robinson also noted those expectations were “barring a pay cut to provide additional salary-cap flexibility.”
Robinson listed impending free agent Adam Jones as someone who could be a replacement for Carr, but this is more about the financial side of things than anything else.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones even said of Carr, “He's certainly a player that the big issue here is the price. He's a good player. It's the price,” per Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News.
Robinson broke down the financial side of cutting Carr and pointed to a cap number for 2016 that “stands at more than $13.8 million, including $9.1 million in base salary and an additional $4.717 in prorated bonus cash.”
Carr’s total cap hit ranked behind only Darrelle Revis, Richard Sherman and Josh Norman—who the Carolina Panthers franchise-tagged Tuesday, per Max Henson of the team's website—at the position. While Jones may see Carr as “a good player,” that is not the type of company his talent and recent on-field production warrant him keeping in terms of contracts.
Robinson added Dallas is not in “a dire cap situation” at about $14 million under the $155 million salary cap, but he said the team would free up an additional $6.4 million if it cuts Carr before June 1 or $9.1 million to spend after Carr is off the roster if it cuts him after June 1.
Carr will be 30 years old during the 2016 season and has seen a recent dip in production. He hasn’t tallied an interception since 2013, and his six passes defended last year tied his career-low mark from his rookie season in 2008. Here is a look at his totals:
|Season||Team||Games Played||Interceptions||Passes Defended||Combined Tackles|
|2008||Kansas City Chiefs||16||2||6||73|
|2009||Kansas City Chiefs||16||1||19||62|
|2010||Kansas City Chiefs||16||1||25||57|
|2011||Kansas City Chiefs||16||4||15||45|
Statistically, he has been a far cry recently from the cornerback who racked up an impressive 14 interceptions in his first six seasons. However, there is something to be said about his durability and the overall value he provides simply by remaining on the field in an injury-riddled NFL.
He has never missed a single one of his 128 games since he was a fifth-round draft pick in 2008. That ability to avoid serious injury was critical for a Dallas defense that was fifth in the league against the pass in 2015 even though it lost cornerback Orlando Scandrick for the season to a torn ACL and cornerback Morris Claiborne for five games to hamstring issues.
If Carr elects to take a pay cut and remain with the Cowboys, that durability will likely prove important again if the team plans on making the postseason for just the second time since the 2009 campaign.
Otherwise, another squad will add a veteran presence to its defensive backfield who is likely to be on the field on every given Sunday.