“If Carr plays the way they thought he would play when he signed in 2012, then he’ll be back and they can restructure his contract,” Archer writes. “If he plays just OK, then I think this could be it for him.”
Archer believes Carr will need to show the Cowboys coaching staff that he is capable of playing man coverage and improving as a tackler.
The Cowboys signed Carr to a five-year, $50.1 million contract that included $25.5 million guaranteed back in 2012. However, the level of production they were hoping to get from Carr hasn’t been there.
Archer mentions that, even though Dallas could have used some extra cap space this offseason, they elected to not restructure Carr’s contract so that they would have an opportunity to part ways with him next season if his struggles continued.
Carr, 28, still has three years remaining on his contract and is in position to make base salaries of $7.5 million and $8 million over the next two seasons.
If they were to release him next year, they would only free up $566,000 and create close to $12.15 million in dead money in the process. With this in mind, it would probably make more sense to designate him as a post-June 1 release, which is exactly what they did with WR Miles Austin.
During his two seasons with the Cowboys, Carr has totaled 108 tackles, six interceptions, a fumble recovery and two defensive touchdowns over the course of 32 games.
Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 59 cornerback out of 110 qualifying players last season.