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Jones Selection Puts Pressure on Carr



    Jones Selection Puts Pressure on Carr
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    ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 04: Calvin Johnson #81 of the Detroit Lions runs with the ball as Brandon Carr #39 of the Dallas Cowboys gives chase during the second half of their NFC Wild Card Playoff game at AT&T Stadium on January 4, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)

    The Cowboys made a good selection with their first-round pick on Thursday night, taking UConn cornerback Byron Jones, who will be a Day 1 starter at corner and also played safety for two years in college, as well.

    Dude's a beast, as we've all seen by now with his workout exploits at the NFL Combine when he, for instance, set a world record for the standing broad jump, leaping over 12 feet.

    This is pretty interesting for the case of Brandon Carr, who has been a team player and all in recent years, but went all of last season without recording an interception all the while making elite corner money in the NFL.

    We all know that isn't going to fly. Carr is either going to have to take a pay cut or be a June 1 cut to free up more cap space for the Cowboys. Carr and his agent have both gone on record saying he will not be taking any pay cut. Carr's cap number is $12.7 million — far too high for a player that produced what Carr did.

    With Jones' addition and Orlando Scandrick being one of the team's best defensive players, Carr could be the odd man out. He's not going to get anything close to his current deal from another team, so it's going to be up to him to take a pay cut or go play elsewhere and possibly have to take the same pay cut.

    The ball is in Carr's court, now it's decision time.