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Brandon Carr May Need To Take A “Fairly Substantial” Pay Cut To Return To Cowboys

According to Ian Rapoport of Media (Video link), Cowboys CB Brandon Carr will need to take a “fairly substantial” pay reduction next season or risk the possibility of being released by Dallas.

  • Rapoport mentions that the Cowboys could release without any cap-related ramifications.

Dallas reportedly met with Carr’s agent at the Combine this past week about his contract situation with the team.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones indicated a month ago that Carr could be a cap casualty this offseason.

“Carr played well this year and I’m not as critical of Carr as others,” Jones said, via the Dallas Morning News. “But that’s a lot of money. One thing that we just got to do is we’ve got to make sure that every way we can, we get the value for the money.

Carr, 28, was a marquee free agent signing back in 2012 when the Cowboys locked him up to a five-year, $50.1 million contract that included $25.5 million guaranteed.

He stands to make a base salary of $8 million next season and another $9.1 million in 2016. After Carr reworked his contract in 2013, a voidable year in 2017 was added for salary cap purposes.

Carr’s cap figure for next year will be $12.71 million, but the Cowboys would only free up $566,000 by releasing him outright and create $12.15 million in dead money, according to OverTheCap.com.

With this in mind, it would make more sense for them to designate Carr as a post-June 1 cut, which would create $8 million in cap space.

In 2014, Carr recorded 54 tackles, one sack, and eight pass defenses over the course of 16 games. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 90 cornerback out of 108 qualifying players.