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Vikings sign Chris Carr

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The Vikings have added another cornerback to the mix for the 2012 season.

Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network reports that the team has agreed to terms with free agent Chris Carr on a contract. Carr was cut by the Ravens before the start of free agency after a 2011 season marred by injuries. It’s the second recent cornerback signing — they added Zack Bowman last week — for a team that struggled badly at the position last year.

Carr played just nine games for the Ravens last season because of a back injury. He was an effective part of the defense in 2010, however, and he should earn a fair amount of playing time in the Vikings’ secondary packages if he’s healthy. Antoine Winfield and Chris Cook look like the starters right now, but there’s no clear impediment to Carr earning the nickel corner job.

That could change after the draft if the Vikings wind up getting themselves more help at corner, of course. For now, though, Carr looks like he’ll be part of the group trying to improve the productivity of the Vikings pass defense.

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  1. contra74 says: Apr 4, 2012 4:59 PM

    Good signing!

  2. walkedintoabar says: Apr 4, 2012 5:01 PM

    vikings, as a ravens fan, i weep for you

  3. scoboscobs says: Apr 4, 2012 5:01 PM

    Good signing. I was hoping they would get this done.

  4. spawn201 says: Apr 4, 2012 5:03 PM

    Cool. Glad the Vikes are at least trying to do something about their secondary.

  5. lbpackfan says: Apr 4, 2012 5:05 PM

    contra74 says:
    Apr 4, 2012 4:59 PM
    Good signing!

    —————-

    Couldn’t agree with you more!!!

  6. vikesfansteve says: Apr 4, 2012 5:10 PM

    Is this the 4th player signed that was injured last year?

  7. turrriblejustturrrible says: Apr 4, 2012 5:10 PM

    Good Deal!!Now how about some Safeties that can hold gaps, tackle, and catch balls!!! That would be great!!

  8. fkajames says: Apr 4, 2012 5:13 PM

    Pretty sure Carr (assuming he regains 2010 form) starts opposite Cook, with Winfield in the nickel. Vikes play >50% nickel, so Winfield will still see the field pretty often.

    Hopefully this will quell some of the noise from the joinks and jabronis who seem to think a rebuilding team should hand out 10-year deals to 34-year-old guys with no tread left on the tires.

  9. rugdog100 says: Apr 4, 2012 5:14 PM

    @walkedintoabar — Agreed, if they wanted him as a CB… but they want him in the Nickel-D

  10. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Apr 4, 2012 5:17 PM

    I don’t know. He played in 9 games last year. That seems like kind of a lot for vike free agent standards…

  11. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Apr 4, 2012 5:19 PM

    Ladies and gentlemen…We got him!

  12. pistolsmoke says: Apr 4, 2012 5:21 PM

    Spielman is really banking on a bunch of top 2010 players who got injured last year to bounce back and be great.

  13. jimmysee says: Apr 4, 2012 5:26 PM

    This is a good signing.

    The Vikings may need to put 11 cornerbacks on the field if they want to stop the Packers’ air attack.

    Even then …

  14. dtrb10 says: Apr 4, 2012 5:27 PM

    Another signing of a 2nd string player. Great job Vikings. With this guy we will be able to cover Marshall, Johnson, Jennings and Co. This guy is pretty much of a joke, got torched all the time and will continue to but Spielman thinks he is so smart that with our great coaching staff he will make this bunch of clowns into winners. The Vikings won’t win 4 games this year.

  15. canadianvikingfaniii says: Apr 4, 2012 5:28 PM

    Geez Josh Alper, Carr would be opposite of Chris Cook. Winfield is the nickle corner, and a damn good one at that.

  16. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Apr 4, 2012 5:34 PM

    At last we have some depth at the cornerback position. This should pretty much guarantee we’re going with wide receiver with our second round pick.

  17. subzero00 says: Apr 4, 2012 5:37 PM

    The Vikes were rumored to be extremely high on Morris Claiborne. I wonder if the Wonderlic score played into the signing. Regardless I hope Matt Kahlil is the pick at 3.

  18. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Apr 4, 2012 5:41 PM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:Apr 4, 2012 5:17 PM

    I don’t know. He played in 9 games last year. That seems like kind of a lot for vike free agent standards…
    _________

    That’s how you find the bargains, m’boy. Guys coming off injuries are likely to be undervalued. I’d rather go that route than signing over the hill retreads to big contracts (copyright Jeff Saturday).q

  19. 11wheatd says: Apr 4, 2012 5:48 PM

    thankheavenfornumberseven says:
    Apr 4, 2012 5:34 PM
    At last we have some depth at the cornerback position. This should pretty much guarantee we’re going with wide receiver with our second round pick.

    _____________________________

    Or go safety. In Mel Kiper’s mock draft today, he has the Vikings taking S Harrison Smith out of Notre Dame. I could also see them taking Barron from Alabama if he’s there, but I doubt it

  20. dcapettini says: Apr 4, 2012 5:49 PM

    Chris Carr is an adequate corner that is quite versatile as well. He was not let go by the Ravens because of his injury, but because he is too expensive for our Cap-Strapped payroll. We have 3 other corners that we expect more from. I think that this is a good signing despite the distain of people who apparently don’t actually watch football.

  21. ppdoc13 says: Apr 4, 2012 5:54 PM

    Carr is a fair to better than average corner. Better in nickel than a full time starter. Good team guy. Fair punt returner. If he starts over Winfield u guys have real issues in ur secondary or Winfield has lost it because Carr couldn’t carry Winfield’s jock when he was in his prime. Anyway good signing. I wish him well. He was a good player 4 the ravens

  22. fijabbersman345 says: Apr 4, 2012 5:55 PM

    @Carl Gerbschmidt

    Hey, you should go do something other than sit on your computer all day and wait for Vikings articles to come up so you can fail at trashing them. Actually, never mind. Keep doing that. We don’t want anybody looking more intelligent than they actually are. Even more funny considering that you’re a grown man. Note: “Grown” does not equal “mature”.

  23. expertop says: Apr 4, 2012 5:59 PM

    dtrb10 says:
    Apr 4, 2012 5:27 PM
    Another signing of a 2nd string player. Great job Vikings. With this guy we will be able to cover Marshall, Johnson, Jennings and Co. This guy is pretty much of a joke, got torched all the time and will continue to but Spielman thinks he is so smart that with our great coaching staff he will make this bunch of clowns into winners. The Vikings won’t win 4 games this year.
    _______________________
    You seem confused – perhaps you just don’t know about the 2011 Vikings secondary. They signed Benny Sapp off the street in mid-season. I’m pretty sure this “bunch of clowns” will be an upgrade.

  24. jamesnieman says: Apr 4, 2012 6:31 PM

    Good signing, people who are bashing him like dtrb10 and walkedintoabar must not watch football or are just one of those people who bash everyone that’s not on their team. Carr was a big part of that Ravens defense until he got hurt and got cut because of good depth at the CB position and his salary. Not to mention they just used a 1st rd pick last year on Jimmy Smith. In my opinion this signing means that the Vikings will go with a LT or WR with the first 2 picks. They should have CB Cook, CB Carr, FS Winfield, SS Abdullah/ Bowman with Nickle CB as Sherels/Bowman. A huge improvement from last few years.

  25. ilovefoolsball says: Apr 4, 2012 6:33 PM

    This is a great free agent pickup, it should really help out opposing team’s quarterbacks.

    Good job Viking front office!
    Hopefully the next move will be a trade of Adrian Peterson while he still has legs so he can have a chance at the Superbowl with another team!

  26. gb4mn0 says: Apr 4, 2012 6:42 PM

    thankheavenfornumberseven says:
    Apr 4, 2012 5:41 PM
    Carl Gerbschmidt says:Apr 4, 2012 5:17 PM

    I don’t know. He played in 9 games last year. That seems like kind of a lot for vike free agent standards…
    _________

    That’s how you find the bargains, m’boy. Guys coming off injuries are likely to be undervalued. I’d rather go that route than signing over the hill retreads to big contracts (copyright Jeff Saturday).q

    ——————————————–

    You must be talking then about over the hill retreads like Charles Woodson who nobody was interested in including you dummies in MN. You’ll be eating your words and washing it down with the seminal fluid of numberseven.

  27. lnfinite says: Apr 4, 2012 6:49 PM

    We finally addressed a need. Call me impressed….

  28. ravens89 says: Apr 4, 2012 7:05 PM

    Good Luck Chris. Thanks for your contributions over the past few years. Good signing for the Vikes.

  29. fijabbersman345 says: Apr 4, 2012 7:06 PM

    @gb4mn0

    At least he has seminal fluid…grow a pair, quit calling people on professional sports teams from behind your computer screen all day. LOL

  30. expertop says: Apr 4, 2012 7:11 PM

    @ gb4mn0:

    That was disturbing. Think about taking a break, maybe get some fresh air. Or something.

  31. purpwalk says: Apr 4, 2012 7:18 PM

    do the vikings believe the mayans might be right with all these 1-yr. deals?

  32. purplehayseuss says: Apr 4, 2012 7:31 PM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says: Apr 4, 2012 5:17 PM

    I don’t know. He played in 9 games last year. That seems like kind of a lot for vike free agent standards…

    ***Oh, look. It’s a comment about free agency from a Packers fan. They who claim to be above all the free agency ‘nonsense’. THEY only build from the draft. Good plan, seriously. It is. Minny is learning from past errors unlike the Redskins continuing to attempt to buy up a Lombardi every single year.

    Carl, you cut no ice with that jazz. Try it on one of your lakes. Now is a good time of year to cut lake ice…Make gb4mn0 carry the auger. In fact, strap it to him. For safety.

  33. lenbias34pt says: Apr 4, 2012 7:32 PM

    Guys i can care less, but mark my words as a life long Ravens and NFL fan, Chris Carr isn’t an NFL worthy NFL nicklel DB.

    He’ll be lucky to make the roster…….

    this time of year is all about getting excited about FA pick ups that fans know nothing about. . . . . .you boys can get excited and jump up and down all you want, but i’ve watched this bum for years. He plays to far off, and isn’t any help on run D……..

    U boys have the best RB in football and Harvin has huge upside. B happy about that.

  34. thepvyharvin says: Apr 4, 2012 7:48 PM

    @ gb4mn0…..I’m quite sure seminal fluid is your adult beverage of choice while enjoying the Packers choke on a Sunday afternoon. Does he ever beat you or threaten to throw you from the trailer after a loss??

    Good pick up,,,can never have too many corners. Not to mention a Ravens starter in 2010,i’ll take it

  35. Inductive Consulting says: Apr 4, 2012 8:14 PM

    This is a smart grab by the Vikings. With Cook, Carr, and a healthy Winfield they have reduced predictability in drafting a CB and can go heavy at other positions with their 7 picks in the top 120.

  36. andyreiddoublecheeseburger says: Apr 4, 2012 8:20 PM

    Wow! Look at the Vikings- actually delving into the free agent pool. Good for them. Now all they need is a QB, coach, and stadium, and they’ll be set.

  37. jimillinois says: Apr 4, 2012 8:25 PM

    Hey gb4mno stay out of Viking headlines .Dont make me tell you again!

  38. mnomalley says: Apr 4, 2012 8:28 PM

    Great pick up for the Vikes. Carr is going to bring a lot of physicality with him from playing in the AFC North and obviously with Lewis, Suggs, Reed, etc. Hopefully him and Winfield can whoop some sense into Cook and stabilize our greatest weakness.

  39. holdsteady76 says: Apr 4, 2012 8:41 PM

    fkajames “Hopefully this will quell some of the noise from the joinks and jabronis who seem to think a rebuilding team should hand out 10-year deals to 34-year-old guys with no tread left on the tires.”

    Dude, no one was advocating signing those type of players. I think Vikes fans were upset we ignored guys like Carl Nicks and Brandon Carr, they are both in their mid 20s and would have secured positions of need at a pro bowl level for the many years to come.

    Chris Carr was CUT because of injuries. We just got rid of a DB in Cedric for this reason, why would we get excited about another IR reclamation project?

    Another “value” player on a one year contract.

  40. holdsteady76 says: Apr 4, 2012 8:49 PM

    “At last we have some depth at the cornerback position. This should pretty much guarantee we’re going with wide receiver with our second round pick.”

    I saw a mock board today that had the Vikings taking Notre Dame safety Harrison Smith. Scouts have a lot of good things to say about him, that might interesting pick too.

    Also whether it is this year or next year we NEED a legit CB opposite of Cook. I think if there is a CB on the board that they have ranked higher than any WR or S then they will not hesitate to take a CB (best player available – Chris Carr will not detour them).

  41. gb4mn0 says: Apr 4, 2012 8:52 PM

    jimillinois says:
    Apr 4, 2012 8:25 PM
    Hey gb4mno stay out of Viking headlines .Dont make me tell you again!

    —————————————-

    Oh boy, we have ourselves an Internet Rambo.

    Bring it on! Let see what you’ve got in that fat lavender turd you’re using as a head.

  42. vikingsinla says: Apr 4, 2012 8:54 PM

    Wow, they landed Carr? NICE! I heard he signed with Dallas, but this great news! What?! What do you mean, “not that Carr”?

  43. jimillinois says: Apr 4, 2012 9:09 PM

    Ok you closet Viking fan get a life cheeseturd!

  44. gb4mn0 says: Apr 4, 2012 9:15 PM

    thepvyharvin says:
    Apr 4, 2012 7:48 PM
    @ gb4mn0…..I’m quite sure seminal fluid is your adult beverage of choice while enjoying the Packers choke on a Sunday afternoon. Does he ever beat you or threaten to throw you from the trailer after a loss??

    ——————————————

    I don’t know why you’re asking me that question? The only toads that think the 13 time NFL Champions choked last season are you jealous, jizz guzzling pickle suckers in MN. But I am curious, do you fantasize about getting a double dose from Harvin and having him toss you out the window like the cheap white trash boy toy you are after a vikequeef loss? If it is, it’s been happy days for you the past 2 seasons.

    How many championships have the queefs won?

  45. urcrap says: Apr 4, 2012 9:28 PM

    Hallelujah! Pack up the babies and grab the old ladies! We’re going to the super bowl!

  46. fijabbersman345 says: Apr 4, 2012 9:32 PM

    @gb4mn0

    And how many championships have you won? Oh, right. Zero. Zilch. Nada. All you can say is that you root for somebody else’s hard work that you will never come close to achieving behind your computer screen. And that’s all you will ever have. Nothing.

    BAZIIIIING! Keep it trollin’, I can do this all day buddy.

  47. jimillinois says: Apr 4, 2012 9:34 PM

    Hey gb4mno I’ve been to lambeau very classy fans .Are you sure your not a bears fan? Lol!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  48. jbvikes says: Apr 4, 2012 9:45 PM

    Anything the Ravens had at DB – even the non-starters are better than we had last year. Hoping the Vikes modify the Tampa 2 enough to go after a ball or 2. That non-interceptions defense of ’11 really sucked!

  49. textexington says: Apr 4, 2012 10:03 PM

    gb4mn0 speaks the truth!!!!!

  50. fwippel says: Apr 4, 2012 10:04 PM

    This finally looks like a legitimate step to improve the team’s secondary. If Winfield can’t stay healthy, Carr may end up with some starting stints. Hopefully this works.

  51. vikingsinla says: Apr 4, 2012 10:32 PM

    Then again, he was injured all last year, so I see why the Vikings had interest!!

  52. onegamedoesnotaseasonmake says: Apr 4, 2012 10:41 PM

    Vikes play >50% nickel

    ___________________

    ah, that explains the huge gaps in their coverage. might want to change that philosophy.

  53. onegamedoesnotaseasonmake says: Apr 4, 2012 10:42 PM

    I know that the Vikes have a lot of needs, how about some offensive linemen to open up some holes for Peterson and protect their iffy QB?

  54. onegamedoesnotaseasonmake says: Apr 4, 2012 10:48 PM

    and did anyone see that fugly green wall in Miami tonight? jeesus

  55. vikingdoode says: Apr 4, 2012 11:32 PM

    just a body…. dont get to excited…

  56. cluelessdufus says: Apr 5, 2012 2:03 AM

    I love what the Vikings are addressing since Im a Vikings fan getting people at CB is nice and hopefully we still hope for Dre Kirkpatrick will fall to the second round

  57. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Apr 5, 2012 8:29 AM

    thankheavenfornumberseven says:Apr 4, 2012 5:41 PM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:Apr 4, 2012 5:17 PM

    I don’t know. He played in 9 games last year. That seems like kind of a lot for vike free agent standards…
    _________

    That’s how you find the bargains, m’boy. Guys coming off injuries are likely to be undervalued. I’d rather go that route than signing over the hill retreads to big contracts (copyright Jeff Saturday).q

    ——

    I’ll take a future hall of famer for a couple of years and in a Super Bowl or two while getting Konz up to speed anyday.r

  58. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Apr 5, 2012 10:30 AM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:Apr 5, 2012 8:29 AM

    thankheavenfornumberseven says:Apr 4, 2012 5:41 PM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:Apr 4, 2012 5:17 PM

    I don’t know. He played in 9 games last year. That seems like kind of a lot for vike free agent standards…
    _________

    That’s how you find the bargains, m’boy. Guys coming off injuries are likely to be undervalued. I’d rather go that route than signing over the hill retreads to big contracts (copyright Jeff Saturday).q

    ——

    I’ll take a future hall of famer for a couple of years and in a Super Bowl or two while getting Konz up to speed anyday.
    ____________

    Jeff Saturday? I’d rather have Milt Sunde! And he’s a 70-year-old guard!

  59. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Apr 5, 2012 10:40 AM

    @gb4mn0 –

    Your bit was tiresome when you were favreblows. What does it take to get you banned again?

  60. contra74 says: Apr 5, 2012 2:13 PM

    gb4mn0 says:Apr 4, 2012 9:15 PM

    I don’t know why you’re asking me that question? The only toads that think the 13 time NFL Champions choked last season are you

    How many championships have the queefs won?
    ———
    To answer your questions – when a 15-1 regular season team loses in the playoffs its a choke and EVERYONE knows that, not just Vikings fans.

    Also, Vikings have 1 championship.

  61. purplepridehasadownside says: Apr 5, 2012 2:27 PM

    Let’s just leave gb4mn0 alone, it’s obvious from the hostility in his posts she/he is a very frustrated Vikings fan, hey, gb, it’s gonna be o.k., in the words if past Vikings Head Coach Mike Tice: “Enjoy the season” Skol gb4mn0

  62. youallrfools says: Apr 5, 2012 3:19 PM

    I don’t understand how gb4mno can care so much about the Vikings. When did being a fan become about being as obnoxious as possible about a team you are not a fan? I could care less about what the Pack does. They are a pretty well run organization that is currently winning more than we (the vikings) are. Good for them. It can get irritating since we have to constantly hear about if from morons like this, but it doesn’t affect my life in any way. Deriving your self esteem from other’s accomplishments is a sad thing.

    This is the problem with the internet, it brings out the basement boys. I’m sure this is the most attention he has ever received in his miserable existence, so he’ll never stop. I’d compare him to Patton Oswalt’s character in the movie Big Fan, but I’m fairly certain he cannot produce a legitimate argument (or even a thought) without it being laced with vulgar and childish babbling.

  63. vikinghead5523 says: Apr 5, 2012 6:58 PM

    Final CB depth chart
    1: Winfield
    2:Carr
    3:Bowman
    4:Burton
    5:Sherels

    Asher Allan gets cut

  64. jamesnieman says: Apr 6, 2012 10:20 AM

    Winfield should be moved to safety yes he is the best corner on the team but he is getting old andy cant stay healthy, being at safety could help keep him on the field and Vikingshead you forgot Cook in that lineup.

    1: Cook
    2: Carr
    3: Bowman
    4: Sherels
    5: Burton

    SS: Winfield
    FS: Abdullah

  65. purplengold says: Apr 7, 2012 7:18 PM

    @purpwalk

    Has anyone turned the calendar over to see if it’s continued?

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