There have been a lot of questions surrounding Brandon Carr and what the Dallas Cowboys might do regarding his salary with the team.
Brandon Carr is being paid as one of the top cornerbacks in the league, but his play since joining the Cowboys has not lived up to those expectations.
What to do?
There are a lot of questions that surround the entire cornerback position for the Cowboys and what the Cowboys decide to do with Carr is at the top of the list. Let's take a look at some of the Cowboys options regarding the player.
- Designate him a post-June 1 cut and save $8 million against the cap this year, while having him count $7.4 million against the cap in 2016.
This particular option seems a little less likely now that the June 1 date is here and there has been no indication that the Cowboys are going to cut Brandon Carr at this point. This still could possibly change, but other then rumors in the media, the Cowboys have remained adamant that they don't have to do anything regarding Brandon Carr's situation with the team.
- The Cowboys could cut him without designation, which would only save $566,000.
- Don't do anything and have him count $12.717 million against the cap and pay him $8 million in base salary this season.
- Get him to take a pay cut, which would save them cash and lessen the cap dollars.
At this point in time, it doesn't seem as if the Cowboys are going to do anything regarding Brandon Carr's salary situation. Even though his play on the field might not match up to his current pay grade, and the fans and media alike would like to see the Cowboys do something, it appears as if the Cowboys are willing to sit back and let the contract situation stand as of now.
That's not to say that the Cowboys would not like to do something, but they don't really have to because they don't need the salary-cap space for any specific reason at this point.
This situation could've worked out a lot differently if the Cowboys were more cap strapped and desperate to create more salary-cap space, but that simply isn't the case. They have been more disciplined in recent years with their salary-cap and it could possibly be paying off.
Better with Carr
Believe it or not, the Cowboys secondary is better with Carr in the then without him.
Yes, he really hasn't lived up to his lofty contract, but other than Orlando Scandrick, he is the best option the Cowboys have at the corner position.
The Cowboys don't really know yet what they have with rookie Byron Jones, and it would be unwise to believe that Morris Claiborne can come back from his injury and finally live up to his potential.
The developing Tyler Patmon could possibly be a contributor in the secondary and there is still an uncertainty if Corey White can battle for the role in the secondary.
A trio of Carr, Scandrick, and Jones is better than Scandrick, Jones, a recovering Claiborne, a developing Patmon, and an uncertain Corey White.
Fortunately, there is still hope that Brandon Carr can possibly regain his form and be the player the Cowboys need in the secondary.
It is at least a little encouraging the way Carr's play improved toward the end of the season and in the playoffs. Hopefully, he can pick up where he left off when the 2015 season starts.
His play could also improve because the Cowboys have focused on improving the pass rush, which should make the opposing quarterbacks have to get rid of the ball more quickly.
This could possibly help the entire secondary not have to cover wide receivers and allow Brandon Carr to play more press man where he is most comfortable.
There are still a lot of questions surrounding the Cowboys, but as it stands now it looks as if the Cowboys are willing to let Brandon Carr play with his current contract in hopes of him picking up where he left off at the end of the 2014 season.
Whether or not the Cowboys made the right decision remains to be seen, and only time will tell if they should have been more aggressive in the handling of Brandon Carr's contract situation.
Do you think the Cowboys made the right decision regarding Brandon Carr?