Following Dallas’ close loss to the Packers in today’s playoff game, Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr told reporters that he will contemplate retirement this offseason, according to Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Twitter link). Carr will likely make a decision before that start of free agency in early March.
Carr, 30, took a significant paycut last offseason, agreeing to lower his base salary from $9.1MM to $4.25MM. Carr is scheduled to become a free agent this offseason, although his contract contains a voidable 2017 season that will leave $2.717MM on the Cowboys’ salary cap. Dallas, who is currently projected to be more than $5MM over the cap in 2017, has several key free agents in the defensive backfield, as cornerback Morris Claiborne and safety Barry Church will join Carr on the open market.
Carr just finished his fifth season with the Cowboys, and while he’s never missed a game with Dallas (or at any point during his career), he never quite became the No. 1 corner the Cowboys were looking for when they signed him to a five-year, $50.1MM deal prior to the 2012 season. In 2016, Carr played 96% of Dallas’ defensive snaps, posted one interception, and graded as the NFL’s No. 52 cornerback among 114 qualifiers, per Pro Football Focus.
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