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03-11-2009, 07:13 PM
Titans' Carr could play double role for Steelers
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
By Gerry Dulac, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09070/954643-66.stm

In an attempt to bolster their ability to return kicks and punts and also provide depth at cornerback, the Steelers will meet today with Tennessee Titans cornerback Chris Carr -- the second unrestricted free agent to interview on the South Side this week.

Carr, 25, was a backup with the Titans last season after spending the previous three seasons with the Oakland Raiders, but he is one of the top return specialists in the AFC. He finished third in kick returns (28.1-yard average) and eighth in punt returns (10.1) in the AFC last season.

But, with the Raiders, the 5-foot-10, 180-pound Carr became the team's career kickoff return leader with 201 returns for 4,841 yards (24.1 average) in three seasons. Carr, though, has never returned a kick or punt for a touchdown in four seasons, and his longest return of any kind was a 62-yard kickoff in 2005, his rookie season.

The Steelers had one of the worst return games in the NFL last season, ranking 29th in kick-return average (20.3) and 31st in punt-return average (6.0). Their longest return of any kind in the regular season was a 43-yard kick return by Gary Russell, though Santonio Holmes returned a punt 67 yards for a touchdown in the postseason against San Diego.

The Steelers are looking for an extra cornerback after losing Bryant McFadden to the Arizona Cardinals in free agency. Carr, an undrafted free agent from Boise State, also has visited with the Cleveland Browns and Detroit Lions and has not ruled out returning to the Titans.

"If a team's going to give me more of an opportunity, then I probably would leave," Carr told the Detroit Free Press after visiting the Lions, who are coached by former Titans defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz.

Carr has played in all 16 games in each of his four seasons, but he has started only six games -- two each of the past three seasons. He has intercepted two passes. In a Dec. 21 game against the Steelers, Carr returned one kickoff for 29 yards and three punts for 23 yards in the Titans' 31-14 victory in Nashville, Tenn.

Earlier this week, the Steelers met with former Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Joey Galloway, 37, who was being viewed as a potential replacement for No. 3 receiver Nate Washington.