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Just three years removed from inking cornerback Brandon Carr to a lucrative 5-year/$50 million contract, the 7-year veteran’s future in Dallas is in doubt.

Brandon Carr’s disappointing tenure thus far in Dallas raises questions regarding his roster spot next season. His scheduled salary of $8 million in 2015 carries the burden of a $12.7 million dollar cap hit. Currently among all cornerbacks in the NFL, Carr will place the third-largest cap hit on his employer.

Carr’s play certainly doesn’t merit such a high cap value. He recorded zero interceptions and a meager 7 pass breakups in 2014. His signature moment as a Cowboy - an overtime interception of Ben Roethlisberger in December 2012 - seems like a distant memory.

After the initial signing of Carr, plus the draft choice of Mo Claiborne, this Cowboys secondary was destined to be stingy for years to come. Claiborne has been a bust. Carr has been inconsistent. Slot corner Orlando Scandrick has emerged as the star of the Cowboys’ secondary.

One option is to designate Carr as a June 1 cut. This would save the Cowboys $8 million on the 2014 cap, but would hit them with $7.4 million of dead money on the 2015 salary cap.

Cutting Brandon Carr may not be the most attractive option due to the lack of depth in Dallas’ secondary. Restructuring his contract is something that creates a murky future cap situation. Their best option could be an ultimatum: take a pay cut, or get cut.

Jean-Jacques Taylor of ESPN Dallas suggests the Cowboys may use this strategy, as they did so successfully with offensive tackle Doug Free.

The Cowboys will certainly look to improve their secondary in the 2015 draft, but keeping Carr while reducing his salary would be in the best interest for the defense. Despite a difficult season for Carr this year, he played well along the stretch of the season.

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In a decisive Wildcard game versus the Detroit Lions, Brandon Carr had a bounce-back game in a matchup with Megatron. In week 8 of the 2013 season, Carr shadowed Calvin Johnson most of the day en route to his 14-catch/329 yards/1 touchdown performance in a dramatic Lions victory (this loss still makes me cringe). Carr held him to only 5 catches for 85 yards in the Cowboys playoff victory.

Shadowing Green Bay Packers star wide receiver throughout the Divisional Round playoff game at Lambeau, Carr held Jordy Nelson to just 2 catches for 22 yards in the season finale.

Nevertheless, Carr’s lack of impact on the field during his career with the Cowboys forces Dallas to make a change prior to the 2015 season.

Ultimately, if Brandon Carr doesn’t take a pay cut then he will be cut.



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REPORT: Cowboys Visiting With Free Agent S Eric Berry Tuesday

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REPORT: Cowboys Visiting With Free Agent S Eric Berry Tuesday

According to Ian Rapoport, the Dallas Cowboys have a meeting scheduled to visit with Free Agent Safety Eric Berry Tuesday at The Star.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter

Source: Former #Chiefs S and new free agent Eric Berry is visiting the #Cowboys on Tuesday. His first visit. They have a need there...

Eric Berry has spent his entire career with the Kansas City Chiefs after they drafted him fifth overall in the 2010 NFL Draft. After signing Earl Thomas last week, the Chiefs decided to part ways with their former All-Pro Safety.

Berry, 30 is an intriguing free agent for the Dallas Cowboys. When healthy, he is arguably one of the best safeties in the league. Unfortunately, injuries have kept him off the field these last few seasons causing him to only start in only three games since 2016.

This is a move many of us expected to happen after the Cowboys decided not to get into a bidding war for Earl Thomas, a player linked to Dallas for over a year now. In Berry, Cowboys Nation would be getting a similar player with the same kind of red flags. Both Thomas and Berry have to be approached with caution due to their injury history the past few years.

Depending on his asking price, Eric Berry absolutely makes sense for the Dallas Cowboys. He would be an upgrade over Jeff Heath and would pair well with the Cowboys up-and-coming three-year safety Xavier Woods.

This is still just a visit, so we should probably get our hopes up that a signing is imminent. But, I think we can all agree Eric Berry is exactly the "right kind of guy" Jason Garrett is always preaching about. He's a cancer survivor, five-time Pro Bowler, and All-Pro player. What's not to like!?



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BREAKING: Dallas Cowboys Signed DE Kerry Hyder

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BREAKING: Dallas Cowboys Signed DE Kerry Hyder

The Dallas Cowboys added more defensive line help today after signing former Detroit Lions Defensive End Kerry Hyder.

Kerry Hyder Jr. on Twitter

Going back to Texas! #CowboysNation

Kerry Hyder provides more depth at the defensive end position and as a chance to become the starter opposite DeMarcus Lawrence while Randy Gregory is out serving his suspension.

Hyder, 27 originally signed as an undrafted free agent out of Texas Tech with the New York Jets in 2014. He spent a year in New York before signing a future/reserve contract with the Detroit Lions in January 2015.

He had a breakout eight-sack year with the Lions in 2016, but tore his Achilles in 2017 causing him to miss the entire season. In 2018 he had just one quarterback sack after Detroit switched to a 3-4 defensive scheme.

Overall, this is a good depth signing by the Dallas Cowboys. Kerry Hyder has starting potential, but shouldn't keep the Cowboys from upgrading the position further through either another free agent signing for the draft.



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Chiefs Release Eric Berry, Should Cowboys Be Interested?

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Chiefs Release Eric Berry, Should Cowboys Be Interested?

As the Dallas Cowboys still have a glaring need at the safety position, a new name has appeared on the available free agents list, and it's a well known name. The Kansas City Chiefs just released one of the best at the position, Eric Berry. The move by Kansas City is likely salary cap related. The Chiefs had just signed Tyrann Mathieu for a three-year $42M deal. The five-time Pro Bowler will have to find a new home in the NFL.

Adam Schefter on Twitter

Chiefs released five-time Pro Bowl safety Eric Berry. Had Berry been on KC's roster Friday, $7.25 million of his salary would have become fully guaranteed.

The question in many Dallas Cowboys fans minds' right now is pretty obvious. Will the Cowboys be interested? 

Eric Berry is one hell of a football player but injuries have plagued his career lately. Since he suffered a torn Achilles in 2017, Berry hasn't been the same player as before. In the past two seasons, the 30 year old safety has played in only three games.

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Eric Berry's tenure with the Chiefs: * 88 games played * 445 tackles * 50 PBU * 14 INT * 5 TD score * 5X Pro Bowler * 3X First Team All Pro More importantly: a cancer survivor who returned to the field and inspired countless people along the way.

Berry would be a nice fit for the Dallas Cowboys' defense to pair with Xavier Woods. However, the front office has already passed on many available safeties. For Berry to come to Dallas, the price would have to be right. It's tough to imagine where Berry's value would land in such a busy safety market. Both Landon Collins and Earl Thomas have signed big time contracts.

Age and injury history could be factors that drop Berry's price to a number that the front office would be interested in. I honestly would be surprised if he got top money today. A contract with little guaranteed money could get the Cowboys involved.

mike fisher ✭ on Twitter

Chiefs cut S Eric Berry. I'm told #Cowboys will investigate ... but recent serious health issues and inactivity - Berry is great story as a cancer survivor - mean LOTS of research is merited.

Mike Fisher took to Twitter to say the Cowboys will investigate the newest safety in the market.

The Cowboys have already seen Earl Thomas and others sign contracts elsewhere and while their free agency philosophy is clear at the moment, I believe it'd be a mistake to leave the need for a safety unattended until late April. There are quite a few options out there the team should explore.

Whether it's Eric Berry or another player such as Tre Boston, Andrew Sendejo or Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, the Cowboys should sign a starting safety and leave the draft picks for other positions.

Tell me what you think about "Chiefs Release Eric Berry, Should Cowboys Be Interested?" in the comments below, or tweet me @MauNFL and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!



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