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The Cowboys want Brandon Carr back but with a lower cap number

Cornerback Brandon Carr adjusts his cap after teeing off at the Cowboys Golf Club on Wednesday.
Cornerback Brandon Carr adjusts his cap after teeing off at the Cowboys Golf Club on Wednesday. Star-Telegram

The Cowboys make clear they want cornerback Brandon Carr on their roster in 2015… but at the right price.

“That one is as it is, we’re evaluating, looking to the extent that we can make contractual adjustments that would fit and help us under the cap, we want to try to do that with him,” owner Jerry Jones said Wednesday at the team’s annual golf tournament at Cowboys Golf Club. “We value Carr and what he can mean for us this year.”

Carr’s contract calls for him to make an $8 million base salary and count $12.717 million against the cap in 2015.

Carr has declined to talk specifically about his contract or his willingness to lower his salary, though his agent, Ben Dogra, said in March that Carr would not agree to a pay cut. On Wednesday, Carr repeated what he said last week at the Taste of the NFL.

“I’m a Cowboy,” Carr said. “I love being a Cowboy. As long as I’m in this building, I’m going to give it my all.”

Of all their options, including making Carr a post-June 1 cut that would free $8 million in cap space for 2015, the Cowboys’ best solution might come in giving Carr an extension to lower his cap hit.

The Cowboys used their first-round pick on cornerback Byron Jones. But with Orlando Scandrick not participating in the offseason workouts while seeking a new deal and Morris Claiborne returning from a torn patellar tendon in his left knee, the Cowboys need Carr.

“Brandon’s been really good in our offseason program,” coach Jason Garrett said. “He’s in excellent shape. He’s moving around. He’s one of the leaders we have on defense. He’s done a nice job. He did a lot of good things for our team last year, and I think he’s going to get better and better the more he plays in this system.”

In the three seasons since signing a five-year, $50.1 million contract, Carr has six interceptions, 33 pass breakups and two touchdowns.

Jones said getting Carr’s contract settled remains a priority. The Cowboys want him back, though with a lower cap number.

“All of the contracts that we don’t have closure on are a priority,” Jones said. “He certainly is a player who is in our top consideration. So yeah, I’d say that’s a priority. We want him on the football field.”

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