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Cowboys sign Brandon Carr for five years, $50.1 million

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ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Cowboys have signed cornerback Brandon Carr to a five-year, $50.1 million contract.

The contract is worth $100,000 more than Cortland Finnegan’s reported deal with St. Louis.

Just moments after longtime Cowboys reporter Charean Williams wrote on Twitter that Carr was “close” to signing with Dallas, Schefter broke the news that the contract has been finalized.

Carr, who turns 26 in May, is a big, physical press cornerback with playmaking ability. He has safety size at 6-foot, 207 and set a career high with four interceptions last season.

In Dallas, Carr will book end Mike Jenkins on the perimeter of the Cowboys’ secondary.

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58 Responses to “Cowboys sign Brandon Carr for five years, $50.1 million”
  1. marionbarber24isgod says: Mar 14, 2012 4:12 PM

    Sounds good. Hopefully our defense this year can hold teams off after Romo builds a lead on them. We still need top upgrade our interior offensive line, Romo puts up awesome numbers, but gets the hell beat out of him every week. No more broken collarbones, ribs, collapsed lungs, or disgustingly bruised hands.

  2. mikebe1 says: Mar 14, 2012 4:13 PM

    Fair deal for one of the best corners in the nfl

  3. nyyjetsknicks says: Mar 14, 2012 4:14 PM

    Is it me or are they a lot of players getting overpaid this offseason?

  4. godofware says: Mar 14, 2012 4:15 PM

    About time! Maybe now they can draft Decastro. Dan Connor needs to be signed tomorrow to play inside with Sean Lee. Also thinking Harrison Smith in round 2 to play opposite Sensabaugh.

  5. ftblfan9 says: Mar 14, 2012 4:15 PM

    Goodell should have taken more cap space away to help save themselves from these bad contracts.

  6. weskcfan says: Mar 14, 2012 4:15 PM

    Very bummed about this signing. I have been pleasantly surprised with this guy’s play over the last few years.

  7. ernst90 says: Mar 14, 2012 4:16 PM

    Hell yea…its a good day to be a Cowboys fan!

  8. cowboyscanada says: Mar 14, 2012 4:16 PM

    Great signing! Will do wonders having a shutdown db on that side.

  9. vike4life says: Mar 14, 2012 4:16 PM

    Jerry signed him so he can “Pick off” Romo in practice instead of in games!

  10. purplekoolaid1 says: Mar 14, 2012 4:16 PM

    Very, very good signing. Now just fill a couple of holes on the O-Line and D-Line and things are looking up.

  11. danielcp0303 says: Mar 14, 2012 4:16 PM

    Cowboys have been making some underrated moves recently, great signing.

  12. cmarsh64 says: Mar 14, 2012 4:17 PM

    Finally…We fill a major need at CB and we also got a Guard and a Backup QB in Orton. Now we just need Connor and Davis to sign and our draft board is looking alot clearer. Maybe Robinson will give us a look after he visits Jacksonville. Who would you rather catch passes from Gabbert or Romo? Romo threw 11TD’s his way and the 3 years prior he had 4 TD’s.

  13. gmen4life33 says: Mar 14, 2012 4:17 PM

    Nicks vs. Carr, should be fun.

    I dont think any of our FBs are going to be jumping over Carr lol.

  14. chipwade says: Mar 14, 2012 4:17 PM

    Nice work. Now sign Jim Leonhard. Knows the Ryan defense well.

  15. cowboynation919 says: Mar 14, 2012 4:17 PM

    Thank god! Offically one person better then last year lol

    Glad we locked him up. Hope he works out. Pretty happy so far with Carr and Orton…Now sign Conner and address the O line and D in the draft.

  16. andrejohnsonforpresident says: Mar 14, 2012 4:18 PM

    mikebe1 says:
    Mar 14, 2012 4:13 PM
    Fair deal for one of the best corners in the nfl

    Don’t be crazy, maybe top 20.

  17. oumoonunit says: Mar 14, 2012 4:18 PM

    Now we finally have two CB’s with the same skill set, and we can play man up bump-and-run behind the blitz.

  18. dequan81 says: Mar 14, 2012 4:18 PM

    Great News!

  19. sadskinsfan89 says: Mar 14, 2012 4:18 PM

    I was hoping the skins would get carr now they gotta deal with him. I think this kid has tons of potential. good sign for the cowboys. I would be happy with that

  20. thraiderskin says: Mar 14, 2012 4:19 PM

    10 million for Carr? wow, things have gotten out of control.

  21. romoownssteveyoung says: Mar 14, 2012 4:20 PM

    This pleases me.

    Could be huge.

  22. sprest83 says: Mar 14, 2012 4:20 PM

    From Shefter: “Over past two seasons, new Cowboys CB Brandon Carr has knocked down 28 passes, second in the NFL, behind only Joe Haden and his 30.”

  23. phillychzstk2012 says: Mar 14, 2012 4:21 PM

    Solid signing. The NFC east is gonna be mad competitive this season. Eagles will still come out on top though.

  24. texastornado82 says: Mar 14, 2012 4:21 PM

    Might this open the door for DeCastro in the draft…

  25. jakek2 says: Mar 14, 2012 4:22 PM

    Another dumb move by Jerry Jones. He signed a big physical CB in a division loaded with shifty, speedy type WRs. Expect more salsa dances Dallas fans.

  26. kc4life7 says: Mar 14, 2012 4:23 PM

    Everyone on here talking about how bad the Stanford Routt signing was for the Chiefs….let’s see how Carr fairs at #1 CB.

    Routt was just as good as Carr when he was playing the #2 to Nnamdi.

    Just sayin….

  27. chiefsroyals says: Mar 14, 2012 4:23 PM

    A lot smarter than the deal for Finnegan

    Carr >>>>> Finnegan

  28. darocnessmonsta says: Mar 14, 2012 4:23 PM

    hows his speed? cause on madden they have him at 87 that is super slow…but I saw a clip of him keeping speed with wallace from the steelers who is blazing fast so I want to kno how fast he is?

  29. hyzers says: Mar 14, 2012 4:24 PM

    Grand Valley State representing!

    Stoked for Brandon, kid deserves it

  30. deshackle says: Mar 14, 2012 4:24 PM

    Brandon Carr is now the best cornerback in the history of the NFL.

  31. cowboysfan18 says: Mar 14, 2012 4:25 PM

    Don’t get me wrong, I love the signing but you can have 4 Darrelle Revis’ out there but with no pass rush it won’t matter. Teams know that if you put 3 people on Ware no one else can win a 1on 1. A strong pass rush makes decent CBs good and good ones look great. Ask the Giants.

  32. azheat says: Mar 14, 2012 4:26 PM

    When Dallas gonna sign a New Head Coach?

    Big problems in Big D until then..getting a QB would help the problem as well….

  33. bangthedrum22 says: Mar 14, 2012 4:28 PM

    I hope this guy is as good as advertised. They now need a ILB and a saftey in FA. If they can do that, they can draft decastro and a pass rusher.

  34. dvdman123 says: Mar 14, 2012 4:29 PM

    Overpaying big time.

  35. andyreidisfat says: Mar 14, 2012 4:31 PM

    Maybe it’s just me but signing a guy who is more press and less speed in today’s NFC east may not have been the way to go. I don’t not like Carr, I just think he’s not going to do well in Dallas. Not to mention he has played with a pretty good safety over the top and now, well, not so good.

    Anywho good luck with Jackson , maclin, nicks , the French waiter and Cruz.

  36. fmlizard says: Mar 14, 2012 4:32 PM

    Sure glad the Chiefs let him go…they really need the cap room.

  37. clayton43 says: Mar 14, 2012 4:41 PM

    Is it just me or is the NFC grabbing all high profile FA’s this offseason and paying them all very highly !!! Unless I am way off, only the Charges have really done some spending in AFC so far and who they got wasnt anything to really go crazy on….Im glad that the NFC is doing all this and not AFC….

  38. blacknole08 says: Mar 14, 2012 4:41 PM

    Cowboys needed to make a splash and they did with Carr. They missed out on Nnamdi Asomugha last year and it showed (although they almost won the NFC East). But Carr fits better in Rob Ryan’s scheme.

  39. chip56 says: Mar 14, 2012 4:42 PM

    Fairly easy to look good as a DB in the AFC West – not a lot of great QB/WR combos for Carr to deal with. Phil Rivers to Vincent Jackson was about it.

    And to the fan who said they should sign Jimmy Leohnard because he “knows the Ryan system” he played for Rex Ryan in Baltimore – not Rob.

  40. mrsmithtp says: Mar 14, 2012 4:44 PM

    Major Overpay. This guy is good but not great.

  41. sullijo1 says: Mar 14, 2012 4:59 PM

    Do the Chiefs know that the Free Agency period has started?

  42. lawrencephillipswasframed says: Mar 14, 2012 5:03 PM

    I wish him luck, he was always a great guy in KC, but $50 mil. is A LOT of money to pay a #2 corner…

  43. trefkennedy says: Mar 14, 2012 5:08 PM

    Thank you Jerry Jones, a slow cb who we over paid for, now were gonna win a super bowl

  44. lilrob10201 says: Mar 14, 2012 5:10 PM

    God.He is getting Nnamdi money.

  45. pinball123 says: Mar 14, 2012 5:11 PM

    This is risky money and a smart move for the Chiefs not to pony up 10 million a year. Carr operated as a #2 corner – he will now be a potential #1 and subject to more responsibility covering top WR’s. Flowers is a #1, Carr might be as well – but nobody knows until he lines up for a season. Case in point, Ruott was awful the year after Asomugha left…some guys are very good #2’s and not #1’s. 10 million a tear is lot of money to find that out. Time will tell.

  46. skinsdiehard says: Mar 14, 2012 5:13 PM

    Overpaid!!!!!!!!!!!! Love the Cowgirls!!

  47. dalfanforever says: Mar 14, 2012 5:15 PM

    Finnegan’s contract drove the price up. That’s what was taking so long. It had to get done. Even if he’s just average, he’s better than T-New. For this money, he better be more than avergage.

  48. gbatap says: Mar 14, 2012 5:17 PM

    From a Chiefs fan….

    Cowboy fans are in for a big surprise. Great kid, good player, lots of potential but he’s in no way worth that much money. He’s a great #2 guy but don’t be surprised if his first attempt at being a #1 ends simillarly to Routt.

    1M$/year less then Revis, 1.5M$/year more then Flowers….it’s laughable really.

  49. starfan79 says: Mar 14, 2012 5:21 PM

    I see alot of people saying these guys are overpaid this season… Look at the new CBA. Rookies make half of what they used to so the vets can get paid.

  50. cowboysfan4ever says: Mar 14, 2012 5:26 PM

    carr is a #1 corner

  51. gbatap says: Mar 14, 2012 5:34 PM

    carr is a #1 corner
    ———————–
    For that kind of money he better be. Although Carr doesn’t have any #1 work to prove your point. It’s a crapshoot really, I hope for your sake and his that JJ guessed right.

  52. spytdi says: Mar 14, 2012 5:37 PM

    starfan79 says:
    Mar 14, 2012 5:21 PM
    I see alot of people saying these guys are overpaid this season… Look at the new CBA. Rookies make half of what they used to so the vets can get paid.

    Well stated.

  53. dcbronco says: Mar 14, 2012 5:53 PM

    Dallas is signing people like they have a lot of cap room. Makes you wonder if they have talked to the Redskins about their call with league officials and now realize the NFL has no case against the two teams.

  54. nflfollower says: Mar 14, 2012 6:13 PM

    For those saying Carr is a #1 corner, if that were the case the Chiefs would’ve extended him this past season instead of extending Flowers. Two younger guys, and the Chiefs kept their #1. He wasn’t a #1 for the Chiefs. Don’t get me wrong, he’s a good young corner, but he won’t by any means shut down a good #1 WR. Not by any stretch. I agree with previous posters that 50 Mil is way too much to spend on a #2 corner, who spent last year covering the other team’s #2 WR.

  55. gerard33 says: Mar 14, 2012 6:19 PM

    As a Chiefs fan, I love Carr. But I’m here to tell you that he has been seriously over rated by this whole process. One of the top CBs in the league? No. A solid starter? Yes.

    This is just one of those cases where a variety of circumstances has made a player look better than he is… like Aubrayo Franklin last year..

    Having said that, you are gonna love him (as long as you have realistic expectations!)

    Good luck Brandon! No one in KC has ill will, thanks for the years of service!

  56. ctom32 says: Mar 14, 2012 7:23 PM

    skinsdiehard says:Mar 14, 2012 5:13 PM

    Overpaid!!!!!!!!!!!! Love the Cowgirls!!
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    You would know seeing how you’re team won’t be picking in the first round for a while… Loser!

  57. tonyromoisterrible says: Mar 14, 2012 8:17 PM

    This signing shows one thing through and through. Jerrah is still willing to make stupid deals with players that aren’t as good as the contract that is accepted. QB’s in the NFC East are still going to have career days against that terrible back field.

    Completely over paid, and probably won’t make it under the cap. Cellar meet cowgirls.

  58. thedon52 says: Mar 15, 2012 12:11 AM

    skinsdiehard says:
    Mar 14, 2012 5:13 PM
    Overpaid!!!!!!!!!!!! Love the Cowgirls!!

     ————————————————————–

    Hahahahaha…really??? A skins ‘fan’ talking about other teams overpaying ppl???? Laughable. Hopefully he can cover that stud you guys just got a bargain on in Garçon. I mean after all he’ll still have Peyton Manning throwing to him right. Come out in about 20 years maybe ppl will know who the redskins are by then.

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