Brandon Carr is not the sort of signing that I’d be excited about. There are a number of more enticing, higher ceiling prospects at around his price range. But he’s the sort of signing that the Saints would be wise to make.
Players like Sam Shields and Brandon Flowers have shown more promise over the years, but they’ve both had their recent seasons derailed by concussions. With P.J. Williams and Damian Swann already on the roster, the Saints can’t afford to sign that type of injury risk.
Enter Brandon Carr. In five years with the Cowboys, Carr has never missed a game. For a cornerback, that’s remarkable. With so much uncertainty in the secondary, that’s the sort of attribute that the Saints badly need.
Carr is 30 years old and hasn’t shown any exceptional talent in recent years, so he wouldn’t come in to compete for a starting job. But he’d be great insurance for Williams or Breaux if either goes down. He hasn’t played in the slot much over his career, and playing behind talented players like Breaux could help him have a resurgence of sorts.
Finally, he’d be cheap. The Saints can afford to bring him in along with one or possibly two other names on this list. This is the sort of addition they need to make.