Jerry Jones: Brandon Carr safe but hopes to address contract issues

IRVING, Texas -- Brandon Carr will be on the Dallas Cowboys in 2015.

That wasn't so assured when the offseason began, but owner and general manager Jerry Jones made the statement on Wednesday.

What still remains to be determined is Carr's $12.717 million salary-cap figure and $8 million base salary.

"We are continuing to look for ways that we can do something that's good for both of us," Jones said. "Good for both of us being the Cowboys relative to relief as to our cap management and good for him that would maybe be some pluses for him on his contract. Again, any more than that and I'm getting into negotiating details. But there are ways that we can improve our lot that aren't unrealistic. It would just be someone giving up something significant."

There was plenty of talk earlier in the offseason about Carr being forced to take a pay cut, but his agent, Ben Dogra, said that would not happen. With the uncertain health of cornerback Morris Claiborne, the Cowboys need Carr.

Even with his current salary-cap figure there is no need for the extra cap space for the Cowboys. The restructuring of Tony Romo's contract took care of any space the team would need.

A potential solution could be a contract extension for Carr that would pay him the money he is due this year but in the combination of a signing bonus and base salary. Carr is signed through 2016 with a voidable year in 2017.

While he did not have an interception last year and struggled through the first half of the season, his play over the final four regular-season games and two playoff games was much improved.

Coach Jason Garrett and defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli praised Carr's work and his offseason approach, and Jones has said on numerous cases that he is not "down" on Carr as others would be.

"With (the) potential (of) Claiborne in there and Carr and Jones and Scandrick out there that we've got a good chance to be excellent in our secondary," Jones said. "I expect that really."