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Jones: Cowboys Overpaid For Carr



    Remember Larry Brown? The TCU-ex and former spare-part cornerback for the Dallas Cowboys earned MVP honors in Super Bowl XXX when the Cowboys topped the Pittsburgh Steelers thanks to his two interceptions, one of which that basically might as well have been intended for him.

    That was the last game Brown would ever play for the Cowboys, as he signed a lucrative free-agent deal with the Oakland Raiders only to fall into obscurity and basically be a huge disappointment for the Raiders and Al Davis.

    It's an example of the history of overpaying for cornerbacks, which has become the second-most premium position on a football field other than quarterback with the advent of the three- and four-wide receiver sets and high-flying passing attacks.

    Could the next in the line of overpaid cornerbacks be the Cowboys' latest free-agent acquisition, Brandon Carr, who the Cowboys signed from the Kansas City Chiefs for $50.1 million.

    Cowboys owner/GM Jerry Jones sure thinks so, but with a qualifer.

    "We know we overpaid to get Carr," Jones said at the NFL meetings. "Not overpay — we paid retail."

    Jones has a point. In order to get a good cornerback these days, you have to overpay, and sometimes by a good amount. One thing is for sure though, the Cowboys needed an upgrade at cornerback with Terence Newman on his way out and Michael Jenkins continuing to seemingly take one step forward and two steps back.

    Now it's just up to Carr to prove he was worthy of being overpaid.

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