June 1 Surprises: Our Lakes Are Full and Carr is a Cowboy

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It’s June 1. And Brandon Carr is still a Dallas Cowboy.

Raise your hand if you lost that bet. Yeah, me too.

Given his sub-par play, enormous contract and the commitment to Orlando Scandrick, return of Morris Claiborne and drafting of Byron Jones, banking on Carr still being a Cowboy into the summer seemed iffy at best.

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But the Cowboys didn’t designate him as a June 1 cut, and appear ready to move forward with him and his $12.7 million salary.

With another restructuring of Tony Romo’s contract the team was able to fit its off-season moves under the salary cap. So the cutting of Carr and his financial fat wasn’t necessary after all.

But for a cornerback making that kind of money to be a non-impact player at a crucial position, just seems difficult to envision Carr and the Cowboys status quo. They could still cut him and save $8 million under this year’s cap, but since it would be after June 1 the move would require the Cowboys to carry $7.5 million on the books next year in “dead money.” Ouch.

Barring something wacky, Carr will head into training camp with a star on his helmet and a healthy bank account.

A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.

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