Analysis: Brandon Carr's age makes deal worth it

IRVING, Texas – Getting Brandon Carr to wear the star on his helmet was a must for the Cowboys.

The secondary needed as much help as possible. It can be debated the best way to help a secondary is to upgrade the pass rush (see New York Giants), but this free-agent market did not have the top-flight difference makers on the front seven except for Mario Williams.

The Cowboys were never going to be in the game for Williams, even if they let Anthony Spencer test free agency and hadn't placed the franchise tag on him. The price was just going to be too high.

That made getting Carr imperative. After Cortland Finnegan agreed to a deal Tuesday night with St. Louis and Eric Wright agreed to one in Tampa Bay on Wednesday morning, the Cowboys could not let Carr leave town without a deal.

The drop-off to the other cornerbacks available was just too great.

With Carr the Cowboys get a young player entering his prime. That’s the type of free agent you want to sign. Too often teams overpay in free agency for what a player had already done in the game, not what he can do.

Carr turns 26 in May. Orlando Scandrick is 25. Mike Jenkins is 27. The Cowboys can still look to the draft to find cornerback help.

Half of Carr's eight career interceptions came last year. He has 63 pass deflections in his four seasons. He’s around the ball. The Cowboys desperately need that.

The arrow on Carr is still pointing up.