IRVING, Texas -- Brandon Carr is a member of the Dallas Cowboys right now. He doesn’t know if he will be with the team in the future, but the club has yet to approach him about a possible cut in pay.
Would the cornerback be open to taking less than the $8 million base salary he is set to make in 2015?
“Some things I don’t just discuss in public,” Carr said Sunday night at the Taste of the NFL event at AT&T Stadium. “This is one of those.”
Does he want to be with the Cowboys?
“I love playing football,” he said. “I love being a Dallas Cowboy as well. That’s been stated many times. But, you know, I know how this business is. I know how the game goes. At the end of the day if I’m blessed to play this game, that’s all I’m looking forward to.”
Carr is scheduled to count $12.717 million against the cap. If the Cowboys designate him a post-June 1 salary cap cut, then they would free up $8 million in cap space, but he would count $7.4 million against the 2016 cap.
But cutting Carr also would create a hole on the roster even with the Cowboys selecting Byron Jones in the first round of last weekend's draft.
The Cowboys are hopeful Morris Claiborne can return to practice in training camp from a serious knee injury, but even when healthy the former first-round pick has not lived up to expectations. Orlando Scandrick has not taken part in the offseason program as he hopes for a new contract.
Without Carr, the Cowboys’ numbers take a hit at cornerback.
Carr does not view the selection of Jones as a precursor to the team’s possible move with him.
“I say, ‘Dang, we got a young guy. They drafted a guy high, a defensive back, which they thought highly of,’” Carr said. “I’m looking forward to having him in the room with us, grooming him and getting him ready to play.”
Carr did not have an interception in 2015, marking the first season in which he did not have a pick in his career. He struggled through November but played his best football in the final month of the season and playoffs. His mother Kathy died during training camp, which kept Carr away from the Cowboys for most of the summer. He did not play in a preseason game.
“I just feel like last year comes down to a few plays, one play, two plays a game, however the case may be,” Carr said. “Sometimes the ball bounces your way. Sometimes it doesn’t. But at the end of the day I fought through till the end and at the end of the season kind of turned it around and was in position to help my teammates get into the playoffs and win some ballgames.”
He hopes to have the chance again in 2015.
“I’m still here,” Carr said. “I mean, I’m here until told otherwise. That’s always my philosophy. I’m here. I’m going to give my all and do what I have to do to be successful and have my guys ready to play as well.”