Ravens holding onto Brandon Carr

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The Ravens are set to move on without right tackle Austin Howard and running back Danny Woodhead, but they are going to hold onto cornerback Brandon Carr.

Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports that the team will pick up Carr’s option for the 2018 season.

Carr is set to make a base salary of $4.5 million in 2018 and has a roster bonus of $1.5 million. The Ravens could have saved $4 million under the cap by parting ways with Carr, but would have had $3 million in dead money left over and would be counting on Jimmy Smith to make a complete recovery from a torn ACL at the top of their cornerback depth chart.

Carr started all 16 games in his first season with the Ravens, which doesn’t come as much surprise as he has started every game over the course of a 10-year career that’s also featured stops in Kansas City and Dallas. He had 56 tackles and four interceptions last year.

6 responses to “Ravens holding onto Brandon Carr

  1. Typical. Carr is average at best, not unlike Dominique Foxworth when he was with the team. The Ravens “brain trust” has been screwing the pooch for years now, and it shows. NO real play makers on either side of the ball. Over spending on defense, crap on offense. And nothing but denial and excuses from Harbaugh, Newsome, and Bisciotti. The Ravens will, yet again, fail in 2018 to make the playoffs. The ONLY year they’ve made it since the Super Bowl season was when Gary Kubiak was the OC. And that’s because he knew exactly what he was doing. The current regime is clueless.

  2. Jimmy Smith is coming off torn Achilles not ACL – this was a good move keeping Carr – we went years with no depth at CB and it cost us – now that we have it we can’t be in that situation again – they are deep there now and could even ignore the position for a draft or two – the Offense is another story and don’t think it can be fixed this year

  3. Oh. And you can add to the mix that year after year after year the Ravens are strapped for cap space because of chronic mismanagement of the players/salaries/priorities. Added together, it keeps the Steelers atop the AFC North, and if/when the Browns improve they will no longer be the doormat of that division. (The Bengals, OTOH, are handicapped by a cheap owner who, along with Marvin Lewis’s incompetence as head coach, keep that team down as well.)

  4. With all their needs on offense, and Smith injured on a regular basis, they probably couldn’t afford to let Carr go, but they are going to pay a lot of money for a mediocre, at best, CB, that will likely be on the bench if Smith, Humphries and Young are all healthy (big if). Now, if they take a CB in the first two rounds, I’ll throw a brick through my tv screen.

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