Stephen Jones Backs Away From Brandon Carr Pay Cut Talk

Cowboys VP Stephen Jones fully expects Brandon Carr to be a Cowboy in 2015

Frank Heinz, NBC DFW

This week at the annual league meetings in Phoenix, Dallas Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones backed away from the talk of Brandon Carr being asked to take a pay cut or be sent packing.

“We’ve accounted for him, that’s why he’s still on the roster--we’ve accounted for him where he is,” Jones told the team’s official website. “As we can continue to evaluate our roster, we’ll make decisions based on the opportunities that are out there versus what we have.”

Earlier this week Carr’s agent, Ben Dogra, said flatly that his client would not take a pay cut.

“At some point I’ll get a hold of Ben and we’ll sit down and visit,” Jones said. “I certainly understand--obviously he represents Brandon, and I respect where he’s coming from.”

Carr had three interceptions in each of his first two seasons with the Cowboys, after signing a five-year, $50 million deal in 2012, but failed to record a pick last year for the first time in his career. He also had only seven passes defensed, his lowest total since he was a rookie with the Chiefs in 2008.

Still, Jones is hopeful that Carr will be back with the team in 2015.

“Obviously, we’re working around that situation. Brandon is a really good football player. At some point we may sit down and see if there’s a situation that’s win-win for him and us,” Jones said. “I fully expect Brandon to be a part of our team next year.”

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