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Draft Scout Brandon Carr News
04/27/16 - CB Brandon Carr agreed to a pay cut to remain with the Cowboys in 2016.
Carr reduced his scheduled salary in 2016 from $9.1 million to $4.25 million with the potential to add $1.75 million in bonuses. The move created $3.6 million in cap space for the Cowboys.
Carr signed a $50 million deal as a free agent in 2012 and is in the final year of his contract. Carr has gone 20 consecutive games without an interception.
01/05/16 - CB Brandon Carr may or may not be back with the Cowboys. He could be a cap casualty.
For now, though, Carr is under contract with the organization and is keeping his same approach going into the offseason.
"It's always an unknown," Carr said of his status following Sunday's regular-season finale against Washington. "This is a business. That's what it is. Every year, the locker room is going to change. Pretty much every day locker rooms change. It's turnover.
"You can't fear it. You just control what you can control. You just continue to work - work hard, be in the community and give it my all."
Carr is going into the final year of a five-year, $50.1 million contract he signed prior to the 2012 season. He has a base salary of $9.1 million in 2016 with a cap hit of $13.817 million. Technically, the Cowboys have him signed through 2017, but the final year is voidable.
But the Cowboys can save more than $9 million in cap room by cutting him after June 1. Carr's cap hit would drop from $13.817 million to $4.717 million, thus Carr could be cut.
Carr is coming off a second consecutive season without an interception. He finished with six passes defended and 72 tackles.
Linebacker Sean Lee showed the ultimate leadership on Sunday when he took himself out of the season finale and cost himself $2 million.
Lee had to play in 80 percent of the snaps this season in order to bump his $3 million base salary to $5 million. He said after the game that the decision was his and that he felt trying to force things wouldn't have helped his team.
"It was absolute - 100 percent a hamstring injury," he said. "I didn't feel like I was going to be effective to help the football team. The problem was that it was so close to the game. If I had a couple of more days, then maybe I could have played.
"If today was the Super Bowl, then maybe you try the best you can to get out there, but I would have been running at about 75 percent. I hadn't tested it at all si
11/25/15 - CB Brandon Carr did not have an interception in 2014. It was the first time in his career he has gone a season without a pick. He hasn't had one this season either. It bothers Carr that his last one came in a 28-21 victory over the Raiders on Nov. 28, 2013. Carr had perfect position on receiver Jacoby Ford, who ran a fade, to pick off a Matt McGloin pass with 8:39 remaining.
"I want to get in the ball in my hands more. That would be icing on the cake," Carr said. "I'm hard on myself with interceptions. So that's where I kind of base my season, my progress each year. We're still working on it. We've still got some more games to go and get the ball."
Quarterbacks have targeted Carr 51 times this season, and he has allowed 29 catches for 334 yards and no touchdowns, according to STATS. Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett said Carr has had a solid season, but a shoulder injury has prevented Carr from being as physical recently.
10/01/15 - CB Brandon Carr didn't practice Wednesday for personal reasons. The team's practice report said it was non-injury related.
09/09/15 - CB Brandon Carr still can't escape the nightmare of New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr.'s one-handed catch over him last November. It continues to get replayed on TV over and over, and Carr knew the topic would eventually come up on opening week with the teams meeting Sunday night at AT&T Stadium.
Asked if it has been difficult seeing the catch over and over, Carr responded: "What do you do when you're afraid of the dark? Do you run from it? Or just one day close the door, turn off the lights and go to sleep? I just keep it moving, man. New year, new season. Ready to get it on. Looking forward to an exciting season."