There has been a lot of talk that Carr could end up being a cap casualty this offseason, but it sounds like he’s willing to wait out the Cowboys and see if they’re willing to part ways with one of their top cornerbacks to gain some extra cap room.
Dallas could gain some leverage in the situation if they were to use a high draft pick on a cornerback. Although, there’s no guarantee that Carr would be amicable to reducing his salary, even with the added competition.
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.