Oct 28, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA; San Diego Chargers defensive back Chris Carr (22) returns a kick against the Cleveland Browns during the first quarter at Cleveland Browns Stadium. The Browns won 7-6. Mandatory Credit: Ron Schwane-USA TODAY Sports
Despite being in one of the NFL’s worst cap situations, many thought the New Orleans Saints would be more active in free agency after the NFL draft. Would the team make a move for Charles Woodson? Maybe Richard Seymour? What about guys like Dwight Freeney and John Abraham?
In the end the only right answer was veteran cornerback Chris Carr.
According to Larry Holder of NOLA.com, the Saints signed Carr to a one-year deal, placing the team at the 90-man limit and effectively ending free agency for good unless the team wants to make a cut. Holder provided the complete scoop on Carr’s credentials:
"Carr (5-10, 182) spent last season in San Diego where he was a backup cornerback and a special teams contributor. Carr, 30, has appeared in 114 career games with 27 starts in eight NFL seasons with San Diego, Baltimore, Tennessee and Oakland.He has compiled 207 tackles (166 solo), 2 1/2 sacks, six interceptions, 26 passes defensed, five forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries and 30 special teams stops in his career."
Carr is an interesting acquisition to say the least. The top of the cornerback depth chart is a bit crowded thanks to Kennan Lewis, Jabari Greer and Patrick Robinson. Underneath them you have quality depth guys like Corey White, Ryan Steed and Rod Sweeting.
Where Carr fits in is hard to tell, but a safe bet is on him simply being a training camp body who could slip on to the final roster as a veteran presence.
It wasn’t a highlight-worthy end to free agency for the Saints, but it’s a predictable and safe one as usual.