The Jets have expressed interest in free agent cornerback Brandon Carr, as Connor Hughes of NJ.com writes. Carr, who spent the last five years in Dallas and who will turn 31 in May, contemplated retirement after the Cowboys’ 2016 season came to an end, but he ultimately decided to continue his playing career and test the free agent market.
He took a significant paycut last offseason, agreeing to lower his base salary from $9.1MM to $4.25MM in the final year of the five-year, $50.1MM pact he signed with the Cowboys prior to the 2012 season. He never quite lived up to that contract, but he is still a serviceable player. 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. He is also durable, having never missed a game in his nine-year career.
The Jets, of course, had one of the worst pass defenses in the league last season, and they recently parted ways with franchise icon Darrelle Revis (though Revis was obviously part of the problem). As Hughes observes, the Jets allowed 52 pass plays of 20-plus yards (14th most in NFL) and 13 of 40-plus (3rd most). They allowed 30 passing touchdowns (6th most) and intercepted just eight passes (second fewest).
Carr, a physical man-coverage defender, would immediately step into the club’s starting lineup, which would allow Gang Green to let Marcus Williams, Darryl Roberts, and Juston Burris compete for the other outside spot.
The Jets have not yet scheduled a visit with Carr, who received an honorable mention in PFR’s list of top 2017 free agents.
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