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Will Cowboys Regret Losing CB Brandon Carr?

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Will Cowboys Regret Losing CB Brandon Carr?

Will Cowboys Regret Losing CB Brandon Carr?

The Cowboys lost one of their most dependable defensive players last March when cornerback Brandon Carr signed with the Baltimore Ravens. Many fans were happy to see him go, never forgiving him for not living up to the massive free agent deal he got in the 2012 offseason. However, circumstances could quickly have fans wishing Carr was still around.

Carr not only never missed a game in five seasons with Dallas, but he hasn’t missed one in his entire nine-year career. He has started in every game he’s ever played since being a fifth-round pick by the Kansas City Chiefs in 2008. He’s also been one of the NFL’s model citizens and philanthropists.

 

Brandon Carr

CB Brandon Carr

The Cowboys go into 2017 with a lot of risk at the cornerback position. Veteran Orlando Scandrick has had two years of health issues. Newly-acquired veteran Nolan Carroll was arrested in May for a DWI and will likely be suspended for a few games. The other key players are Anthony Brown, only a second-year player, and two rookies in Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis.

I’m not saying Brandon Carr would never drive drunk or couldn’t finally get an injury that costs him playing time, but his history says otherwise. While never spectacular, Carr is always a solid and available player. As Jerry Jones reminded us last year in an interview, availability is one the most important abilities any NFL player can have.

It’s no surprise that fans turned on Carr. With only one interception from 2014-2016 and the highest salary cap hit on defense, plus the Cowboys general defensive woes, he was both an easy scapegoat and a legitimate cause for complaint. It didn’t help when he was on the wrong end of Odell Beckham Jr’s infamous one-handed catch in 2014, the closest a NFL player can get to being “posterized.”

Brandon Carr

CB Brandon Carr

Carr was never as good as his salary but also never as bad as fans made him out to be, and the 2017 season could easily have you wishing he was still a Cowboy. One injury, another conduct issue for Carroll, a sophomore slump for Brown, or a slow start for the rookies, and your Dallas defensive backfield may be in worse shape than last year.

Of course, Brandon turned 31 in May and that may have been reason enough to let him walk. However, another former Cowboys is still one of the league’s best corners and he’s about to turn 39-years-old. I’ve often looked at Terence Newman the last few years and wished he was still wearing the blue and white.

I just hope that circumstances in 2017 don’t have me looking at Brandon Carr the same way.

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!

6 Comments
  • Franklin Jones

    Too often, when in a position to make a play on the ball, it seemed that Carr was just escorting the WR down the field and at the crucial moment took the wrong angle and gave the target room enough to make the catch. He usually made the tackle afterwards but had he followed the ball better he could have stepped in front and at least broken up the pass, maybe even secured the INT. I don’t know if it was flawed technique or simply a fear of getting beaten for the score, but he didn’t seem to take full advantage of the opportunities when the QB threw his way. I’m okay with his departure. We need better production from the position, especially in the NFC East.

    • Jess Haynie

      I agree that Carr had weaknesses. However, I also thought he actually played better the last two years than in the initial adjustment to the 4-3 scheme. There were a few games last year where he was really locking up his man.

      This isn’t really about Carr’s ability but more his reliability. I outlined all of the risk factors in the article, and having a guy like Carr in the stable would just make me feel a little more secure going into the season.

  • tom

    totally agree that we should have resigned this VERY DURABLE, NOT FLASHY but stand up citizen. I think the issue with management regretting the huge contract we gave him was part of the reason. but if you consider he played EVERY SINGLE defensive down, he was a much better financial return than Claiborne

    • John Williams

      Yeah, I’m with you there. Carroll was a dependable player in Philly though. Basically their Brandon Carr.

      • Colston Ballew

        Where he was constantly toast and led the league in pass interference penalties….now he’s a cowboy!! Thank god Jerry didn’t trade Scandrick!!

  • John Williams

    Carr was the definition of “Solid, yet unspectacular.”

    I was surprised they didn’t try to bring him back on a Nolan Carrol type contract, but it was obvious they were ready to move on.

    The only thing that made me okay with it was Anthony Brown. Had he not played the way he played, then I would have been more concerned.

    While you don’t want to rely on rookies on the outside, these seem to be some pretty good rookies.

    Best bet will be Carroll and Brown on the outside and Scan in the middle. Lewis and Awuzie will work their way in gradually taking snaps from Carroll and Scan and in 2018 you’ll see a nickel lineup of Awuzie, Lewis and Brown.

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