The Kansas City Chiefs are reported to be considering a move to sign free agent cornerback Chris Carr, formerly of the Baltimore Ravens. With the team having already replaced departed corner Branden Carr with Stanford Routt, this presumably isn’t about a starting job. If that presumption is correct and general manager Scott Pioli and head coach Romeo Crennel are looking for an addition to the nickel package, then Chris Carr makes sense.
I’m going to step out and make a second presumption and think that as a player who’s available at this late stage of free agency and only being considered for a nickel role, Carr wouldn’t require any serious hit against the salary cap.
The Chiefs are going to be staring down the barrel of some loaded offenses in the AFC West, at least loaded in terms of opposing quarterbacks. They can look forward to six games a year against Peyton Manning, Philip Rivers and Carson Palmer. Success in the nickel will surely go a long way to deciding these games.
I don’t want to overstate Carr’s impact. There’s a reason he’s still available. He was unable to hold a job on a Baltimore defense whose big weakness was on the corners. But he does get high marks from ESPN’s Scouts Inc. for his coverage techniques and can also help in run support, potentially making the nickel less susceptible to draw and trap packages run out of the shotgun.