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fordfixer
07-21-2011, 08:52 PM
Carr driven to find starting CB job, with Ravens or elsewhere

NFL.com
Published: July 21, 2011 at 02:07 p.m.
Updated: July 21, 2011 at 02:41 p.m.
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Chris Carr proved his worth last season, stepping in for an injured Domonique Foxworth to become a dependable starting cornerback for the Baltimore Ravens.

Carr's expert relief work came in the final season of a two-year deal. Now a free agent, Carr said he'd like to remain with the always-competitive Ravens -- but only if he sees regular playing time.

"If they see me having a big role, then I'm going to want to come back here," Carr told the Carroll County Times in Wednesday's editions. "If not, then no because I feel like every year of my career I've gotten better and I'm only going to get better. I don't want to be pigeonholed as a backup because I'm not a backup.

"I'm better than a lot of corners in this league," said Carr, who spoke at teammate Ed Reed's football camp. "If they want me to play a big role, then, yes, I definitely want to come back, but if they don't and another team wants me to play a big role, then I'll probably go someplace else."

Carr doesn't know where the Ravens stand.

"It's really hard to say because you don't know what they're thinking exactly," he said. "I always told people the Ravens would have been stupid not to draft two corners during the draft because they're not sure how free agency is going to go, and you have three corners who are unrestricted, (so) you have to get corners because you might not be able to sign them during free agency."

The Ravens drafted Jimmy Smith in the first round and Chykie Brown in the fifth round. Like Carr, Fabian Washington and Josh Wilson will be unrestricted free agents after the NFL lockout ends.

"So, I'm not sure what their mindset is after that, and I'm not sure what their mindset is going into free agency now," Carr said. "It's really one of those things where it's really up in the air because most years people say there's not supposed to be any talking, but players know what teams are going to be interested in them.

"This year, it hasn't been like that because of the lockout. Teams didn't want to tamper or break any rules, so there's been no talking. So, I have no clue what teams are interested, and I have no clue what the Ravens are thinking about right now."

Carr has bounced around the NFL during his five-year career, including stops with the Oakland Raiders and Tennessee Titans before landing with the Ravens in 2009. Carr's nickel role was expanded when a serious knee injury wiped out Foxworth's season last summer. Carr responded with a career-best 61 tackles, two interceptions and three forced fumbles.

Carr speaks with a level of bravado that makes it clear he's not looking for a lesser role going forward.

"To me, it's evident that I was just as good or better than everybody that we had, and they (the Ravens) know that I know everything," Carr said. "I'm versatile. They know how well I jelled with everybody and how well I communicated with Ed Reed. They know I helped out a lot. I can't imagine them thinking that I can't do it. My confidence is sky high. I'm not really worried about it.

"It's a waiting game. If I don't come back, it's been great."

hawaiiansteel
07-22-2011, 08:17 PM
I actually would prefer Josh Wilson over Chris Carr if we were to sign one of the Ravens' free agent CBs.

http://www.blogcdn.com/www.aolnews.com/media/2010/12/ravens-600-2.jpg

grotonsteel
07-22-2011, 08:52 PM
I actually would prefer Josh Wilson over Chris Carr if we were to sign one of the Ravens' free agent CBs.

http://www.blogcdn.com/www.aolnews.com/media/2010/12/ravens-600-2.jpg


:Agree


But how much will Josh Wilson demand in FA? If he is asking anywhere near 8 million i would pass though.

hawaiiansteel
07-30-2011, 06:53 PM
Chris Carr Re-Signs With Ravens

So much for the possibility of Chris Carr joining the Pittsburgh Steelers secondary. Of course, when Ike Taylor re-signed, there was no longer the pressing need to make a play for one of the prized CBs on the market. I know that rivalries more to fans than they do to the players, but you also don't see players swapping teams in the division that frequently, and in the case of the Ravens, I can't think of many instances where players have swapped sides in the rivalry either in free agency or by trade.

Carr inked a four-year deal, though the financials have not yet been disclosed I don't believe. Carr has been overlooked as one of the better corners in the division, so congrats to him for getting his due at just the right time in his career.

Carr had drawn interest from Jacksonville, Cincinnati and the New York Jets.

The last big order of business for Baltimore is re-signing Haloti Ngata. I will not at all be upset to hear that they were unable to come at an agreement and that we've seen the last of the beastly DT in purple.

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