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Cowboys Blog - The Curious Case of Brandon Carr

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’ Travis Frederick Ready for Start of Training Camp

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Cowboys Center Travis Frederick Still Hoping to "Be a Rock" for Teammates Despite GBS Syndrome

With the Dallas Cowboys opening training camp with their first practice on Saturday, July 27th in Oxnard, California, a lot of information is coming out regarding who will be available when they report.

It was already reported that Defensive End DeMarcus Lawrence and Cornerback Byron Jones will be placed on the physically unable to practice (P.U.P.) list to start training camp. Now, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network is reporting that Travis Frederick will avoid the Non-Football Injury list (NFI) and be ready to report for the starting of training camp.

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Very good news for the #Cowboys: All-Pro C Travis Frederick, who dealt with Guillain-Barré syndrome last year, is expected to be active for the start of training camp. He avoids NFI and is ready to go.

Frederick has been out of action for a year after being diagnosed with Guillen-Barre Syndrome during last year's training camp. Guillen-Barre is a disorder that can affect the peripheral neurological system. Basically, the neurological system that doesn't consist of the brain and the spinal cord, which is the central nervous system.

There was talk that Frederick might have been ready to go for the playoffs at the end of last season, but the team continued to hold him out in order to get him back 100% for 2019. It looks like the time has come for Frederick to regain his spot as the leader and lynch-pin of the offensive line.

While Joe Looney was effective in 2018, there's no doubt the team suffered a drop off from All-Pro Travis Frederick to career backup Looney. Getting Frederick back in the middle of the offensive line is the most significant upgrade the Dallas Cowboys could have made this offseason on either side of the football.

Frederick is one of the smartest players on the team and does a lot for Dak Prescott and the offensive line in terms of setting protections. For Dak Prescott, he'll be able to have a little more faith that the front of his pocket will hold up if he needs to step up to make a throw. Frederick will also help Connor Williams as the two work combo blocks against opposing interior defenders. Frederick will immediately improve the Dallas Cowboys red zone offense as they'll be able to get more of a push on the interior.

It was almost expected that this would be the case, but hearing it for certain should give the Dallas Cowboys and their fans a lot of optimism for what's to come in 2019. Travis Frederick returning to the starting lineup is a huge addition for a Dallas Cowboys offense that looks ready to roll in 2019.



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Cowboys DE DeMarcus Lawrence and CB Byron Jones to Start 2019 Camp on PUP

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The Dallas Cowboys will be missing two of their defensive leaders when they open 2019 training camp this Saturday. Defensive End DeMarcus Lawrence and Cornerback Byron Jones will both start camp on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) List as they recover from offseason surgeries.

Lawrence, who got a new five-year contract in April, immediately underwent shoulder surgery once his deal was finalized. DeMarcus reportedly was waiting for contract negotiations to be completed before he had the procedure.

Jones had hip surgery in late May. He is playing 2019 on the fifth-year option from his original contract, and is no doubt hoping for his own long-term extension sometime in the near future.

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Sources: DeMarcus Lawrence and Byron Jones will open Cowboys camp on PUP and won't practice in California https://t.co/jzWV5FjBO6 via @sportsdaydfw

Neither Lawrence or Jones, who are both coming of Pro Bowl seasons in 2018, are expected to be absent once the regular season starts in September. But either participating in this year's training camp is doubtful, and even preseason appearances are in question right now.

With DeMarcus out at DE, newcomers like Robert Quinn and Kerry Hyder will get plenty of chances to show their stuff.  It's also a nice opportunity for Taco Charlton, assuming he's recovered from his own offseason surgery, to get some work against the first-team offensive line.

No Byron at CB will give Jourdan Lewis a nice opportunity to work with the starters as well. He was likely stuck at the 4th spot behind Jones, Chidobe Awuzie, and Anthony Brown but should now get more time on the field and against the best competition.



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Breaking News: Allen Hurns Released

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Breaking News: Allen Hurns Released

The Dallas Cowboys are releasing Wide Receiver Allen Hurns after just one season with the team according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

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Cowboys releasing WR Allen Hurns, per source.

Hurns was brought in as a possible replacement for Dez Bryant considering they had a similar skill set, but that never quite worked out. He only managed 20 receptions for 295 yards and 2 touchdowns in 7 starts. He's coming off a horrific leg injury suffered in the Cowboys playoff win against the Seahawks last season.

This saves the Cowboys 5 million in cap space putting them around 24 million overall heading into the 2019 season currently. This now opens up snaps for some of the younger receivers on the Cowboys roster.



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