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    Brandon Carr Decision Expected This Week

    The NFL's market opens next Wednesday, March 9th. Though there's no deadline for Dallas to make any of their possible roster cuts, it is typical for those moves to come prior to that date. No name sticks out more as a potential cap casualty than .

    Turning 30 in May, Carr is owed $13.8 million next season. Few have thought he would ever play for Dallas at that price, meaning they would either him or perhaps negotiate a pay reduction.

    If Carr is Released

    Cowboys Headlines - Brandon Carr Decision Expected This Week 1Cutting Carr outright would save roughly $6.5 millionon the . If he's designated as a June1st cut the savings increase to around $9 million, pushing more dead money into 2017. Having some other options for making cap space, Dallas could elect to take the full hit now.

    Though certainly not worth $13.8 million, Carr hasn't been awful during his time in Dallas. He was signed to play in Rob Ryan's 3-4 scheme and hasn't been an ideal fit for 's . He's had good moments and bad, but through it all has been a model citizen and locker room leader.

    Carr isn't all that expendable right now, either. Dallas' cornerback situation is iffy with coming back from a major , being an unrestricted , and the fact that they'd prefer to play at .

    stated last week that Dallas is interested in re- Claiborne, which indirectly speaks to their intent to release Carr. There is little reason to think that Carr will be back given this and the salary cap factor.

    Cowboys Headlines - Brandon Carr Decision Expected This Week 2
    Dallas may hope to replace Carr with Ramsey in the draft.

    One reason Dallas can afford to part ways with Carr is having the fourth-overall pick in April's draft, where many are expecting them to target cornerback out of Florida State. Much like Byron Jones, Ramsey is a gifted athlete capable of playing either corner or safety. If Ramsey becomes a Cowboy then it's likely either he or Jones will be playing corner in 2016.

    If Carr Accepts Reduced Pay

    In 2013 the Cowboys gave the choice of either reducing his salary or being released. Free took the deal, likely assuming that his new salary would still be better than he'd get on the open market.

    We know that Carr was asked to reduce his salary last season and refused. He was clearly smart to do it as Dallas did not release him. That refusal all but assured he would be released this , but there is still the potential for a difference outcome.

    As already stated. Dallas has some challenges at cornerback. We may see them hang on to Carr until they've confirmed Claiborne's return. In that case, they will still likely ask Carr to accept a reduced salary. Will he accept this time? Will Dallas once again have to eat it if he refuses?

    Cowboys Headlines - Brandon Carr Decision Expected This Week 3
    Carr has been a model citizen as a Cowboy.

    I would expect the resolution to come this week as Dallas would like to handle all internal business before looking to the open market. If Carr is leaves then they will have a hole to fill, no matter what you thought of Carr's level of play.

    Ultimately, Dallas put Carr is a bad situation. They overpaid him in 2012 as one of the top corners in a weak free agency market. He was likely never going to live up to that salary but then the climb got steeper. They signed him to play in a familiar defense and then switched schemes one year later.

    Don't slam the door behind Brandon Carr if he's out of Dallas. He gave us his best.

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    Jess Haynie
    Jess Haynie
    Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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