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Rob Ryan calls Brandon Carr the NFL’s best free agent “by far”

Brandon Carr,  Dez Bryant AP

If you thought the biggest free agent signing of this NFL offseason was Peyton Manning in Denver or Mario Williams in Buffalo, Rob Ryan thinks you’re wrong.

Ryan, the Cowboys’ defensive coordinator, says that the biggest free agent signing was actually cornerback Brandon Carr landing in Dallas.

He was the best player in free agency, by far,” Ryan told the Dallas Morning News. “Not even close.”

Ryan was asked if he meant Carr was the best defensive back in free agency, and he said no: Carr was the best NFL free agent at any position.

“He’s the best player in free agency, I thought,” Ryan said.

Carr, who signed a five-year, $50.1 million contract with the Cowboys in March, has performed well enough this offseason to make Ryan think he’s worth every cent of Jerry Jones’s money.

“This guy has been everything we expected,” Ryan said. “He’s a leader, he helps the other guys around him and the other thing is he’s a tough kid. He’s given us everything we wanted as a team. We need smart and tough, and that’s exactly what he is, and he’s competitive. You see him knocking receivers off the line of scrimmage. This guy’s not nervous about playing under the big lights. He’s here in Dallas. It is a different world here. Everything you do is scrutinized, but this guy won’t flinch. I can promise you that.”

Ryan had suggested this offseason that he was going to back off brash promises about his team. But apparently Carr has him feeling confident enough to make an exception.

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26 Responses to “Rob Ryan calls Brandon Carr the NFL’s best free agent “by far””
  1. doctorfootball says: Aug 6, 2012 6:44 AM

    One of the Ryan’s overhyping one of their players? That’s so unlike them

  2. pauliepennino says: Aug 6, 2012 6:45 AM

    it’s easy to think he’s “worth every cent” when Ryan’s not the one signing the checks…then again, I don’t think Brandon Carr or anyone else would be able to cash a check signed in crayon.

  3. speedlimit41 says: Aug 6, 2012 6:46 AM

    He better be,this version of the Cowboys is running out of time.

  4. mcbleeezy says: Aug 6, 2012 6:54 AM

    He’s right.

  5. macbull says: Aug 6, 2012 6:54 AM

    Rob Ryan likes to talk…

    and that is not “the real news” this morning…is it?

  6. theandy59 says: Aug 6, 2012 6:57 AM

    What is it about those Ryan’s that impels them to always be engaging in hyperbole? Are they compensating for some sort of “short” coming somewhere else?

  7. onthewagonsince90 says: Aug 6, 2012 7:05 AM

    These two knuckleheads are always out bidding each other in the media. They need a reality show on bravo, a real life dumb and dumber. Could you imagine being a fly on the wall in that household when they were young.

  8. wherezwaldo says: Aug 6, 2012 7:06 AM

    Thought this guy was gonna shut his mouth, didnt last long.

  9. dryheaveone says: Aug 6, 2012 7:13 AM

    Ryan got confused he meant to say Brandon Lloyd, best free agent by far.

  10. notdoingwork says: Aug 6, 2012 7:22 AM

    in the words of samuel l jackson… Shut the F$$k up Fat Man!

  11. cowboyscanada says: Aug 6, 2012 7:36 AM

    I hope he’s right.

  12. lionsfan415 says: Aug 6, 2012 7:48 AM

    I hate the Cowboys as much as the next guy, but I also live in Kansas City and I can tell you that Brandon Carr is legit, I wish the Lions had the cap space to sign him, I would compare him to Al Harris when he was at his best, not a burner but a physical cornerback that’s not going to get burned.

  13. grogansheroes says: Aug 6, 2012 7:51 AM

    Gee, we should believe something a Ryan says? It used to be kind of fun, now it’s just roll your eyes and chuckle, because you know the opposite is true. Maybe we should call them the Costanza brothers?

  14. aresarrow says: Aug 6, 2012 8:02 AM

    So much for Rob Ryan not talking.

  15. villa41 says: Aug 6, 2012 8:15 AM

    Please. This is the same guy that said back in Oakland one preseason that Terdell Sands (yes I said Terdell Sands) was going to be one of the premier run stoppers in the league. Anything Ryan says can’t be taken seriously. He’s a windbag plain and simple. Oh yeah, I almost forgot. He’s not all that hot as a D-coordinator too, regardless of the hype he gets just because he’s a Ryan. At least his dad and brother can hang their hats on some great defenses they put together. This fool hasn’t done anything except flap his gums. Expect another mediocre to poor defense in Dallas.

  16. east96st says: Aug 6, 2012 8:19 AM

    Sadly, many of the readers of this blog have never known the joys of a Ryan-free NFL. It was truly a wonderful time when winning counted for more in a coach’s career than hype and sound bites.

  17. sterilizecromartie says: Aug 6, 2012 8:20 AM

    I assume the weak Dallas reporters didn’t have the stones to bluntly ask “Better than Peyton Manning?”.

  18. clw1906 says: Aug 6, 2012 8:22 AM

    Lol the leagues most overhyped team overhyping as usual. Prove it on the field loud mouths!

  19. Brent says: Aug 6, 2012 8:24 AM

    I thought he was going to keep his mouth shut from now on?

  20. vincentbojackson says: Aug 6, 2012 8:31 AM

    Ah, the Ryan brothers!

    Never has so much been said with so little results.

  21. humpofdc says: Aug 6, 2012 8:40 AM

    RG3 will expose that bamma! HTTR!!

  22. jbaxt says: Aug 6, 2012 8:43 AM

    He was a solid #2 in KC.

  23. jjackwagon says: Aug 6, 2012 9:07 AM

    You lost me at “Rob Ryan thinks”. I knew anything after that would be a laugher and I was right. Rob Ryan aside, Carr is legit.

  24. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 6, 2012 9:12 AM

    Ryan is notorious for getting a little carried away however Carr appears to be a really good fit for his defense. A very physical corner.

  25. patsfan3175 says: Aug 6, 2012 9:21 AM

    I never knew Brandon Carr was better than a top 5 quarterback of all time…

  26. Tarkus says: Aug 6, 2012 11:19 AM

    I love how the Chiefs’ #2 CB, who has never made the Pro Bowl, becomes this superstar elite CB as soon as he signs with the Cowboys.

    I like Carr, but he’s covered mostly #2 WRs throughout his career. In terms of value, RT Eric Winston will likely be a better signing for the Chiefs.

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