The Baltimore Ravens have not slowed down during free agency. They are hard at work building up their secondary with the signing of a second defensive back. The Ravens signed former Dallas Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr to a four-year, $24 million contract on Monday with $6 million guaranteed for the first year only, giving the Ravens team option for the next three years.
This ninth-year veteran was drafted in the fifth round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs. During his rookie season, he recorded 73 combined tackles which was the most he recorded in one season during his tenure with the Chiefs. In 2012, he signed with the Dallas Cowboys to a five-year, $50.1 million contract and in his first two seasons, he recorded a pick 6 in each season that turned into a touchdown.
This iron man played 144 starts during his career, never missing a game. According to Ryan Mink of Baltimoreravens.com, Carr is ranked as having the NFL’s longest active streak among cornerbacks. This is just what the Ravens need: a veteran player without an injury history. John Harbaugh is thrilled. “We feel like we can line up a secondary right now with very good football players – with two excellent corners on the edges, with an excellent young corner at nickel and two veteran safeties that know how to play the game. That is great news for the Ravens.”
Carr is expected to play opposite veteran cornerback Jimmy Smith. When Smith plays, quarterbacks choose their receivers more carefully to avoid an interception. He is a difference maker on the field, especially on the right side. Carr is a solid, versatile player that can play all sides including the slot position.
It will be interesting to see what the Smith-Carr tag-team will do.