Brandon Carr will remain with the Dallas Cowboys after agreeing to a pay cut, according to a source. Monday’s news could affect the team’s draft plans.
Carr, who turns 30 next month, was scheduled to count $13.8 million against the team’s salary cap, including a $9.1 million base salary. He will instead earn $4.25 million in base salary plus a $1 million roster bonus on May 1. He can earn another $750,000 in incentives for a maximum value of $6 million in 2016.
He is entering the final year of a five-year, $50.1 million deal he signed with the Cowboys in 2012. (Carr technically is signed through 2017, but the final year is voidable.)
Carr’s return makes cornerback less of a need for the Cowboys, though Florida State’s Jalen Ramsey is high on their draft board. The Cowboys re-signed former first-round pick Morris Claiborne in the off-season and have Orlando Scandrick coming back from knee surgery, so cornerback has become less of a draft-day need.
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The Cowboys drafted Byron Jones in the first round last season, though they would prefer to leave him at safety in 2016.
Carr has no interceptions the past two seasons. He has six interceptions in his four seasons in Dallas, with 39 passes defensed.
The Cowboys could use the extra money gained from Carr to take another shot at signing defensive end Jason Jones after the draft, depending on what happens during the weekend. The former Lions pass-rusher remains a free agent after visiting Dallas late last month.
Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott and Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa are the most likely candidates for the Cowboys to select with the fourth overall choice.