Cowboys owner Jerry Jones mentioned on Wednesday that they’re still in the process of figuring out a way to keep CB Brandon Carr and lower his cap figure.
“That one is as it is, we’re evaluating, looking to the extent that we can make contractual adjustments that would fit and help us under the cap, we want to try to do that with him,” Jones said Wednesday, via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “We value Carr and what he can mean for us this year.”
Carr says he loves being a part of the franchise, so there’s a chance he could work with the team when it comes to his cap figure.
“I’m a Cowboy,” Carr said. “I love being a Cowboy. As long as I’m in this building, I’m going to give it my all.”
Todd Archer of ESPN Dallas recently suggested that a contract extension for Carr could make the most sense for both parties, even though there’s been talk that Carr could be a cap casualty.
Archer suggests that the contract the Seahawks signed CB Cary Williams to — a three-year, $18 million deal that included $7 million guaranteed — could make sense for both parties, seeing as they could keep Carr while reducing his cap figures in the process.
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.
However, if the Cowboys were to designate Carr as a post-June 1 release, they 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.