Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr has accepted a pay cut, as Albert Breer of NFL.com tweets. Initially scheduled to earn a base salary of $9.1MM, Carr will now receive $6MM in base pay for 2016. Under the old deal, Carr would have carried a cap number of $13.8MM.
Carr, 30 in May, has started all 48 possible games since joining the Cowboys (and has actually never missed a start during his eight-year career), but he hasn’t registered an interception in the past two seasons and graded as the No. 73 cornerback among 111 qualifiers, per Pro Football Focus. While he wasn’t worth a $13.8MM cap hit for 2016, he makes sense for Dallas as a $6MM player.
“He, like everyone on our defense, we would like them to be more impactful, more productive,” head coach Jason Garrett said earlier this offseason. “Brandon has to improve but everybody across our defense has to improve. He has been a steady player for us. He has been a productive player for us at times. It’s a valuable position. And he has done a good job covering guys at very challenging spot throughout his time with the Cowboys.”
Carr’s contract includes a voidable year in 2017. For all intents and purposes, 2016 is slated to be the final year of his contract before hitting free agency.
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