The San Diego Chargers have signed veteran cornerback Chris Carr to a one-year contract. No other terms of the contract were announced. The news was first reporter yesterday by Kevin Acee of the UT San Diego. Carr will wear No. 22 and be added to the active roster on Wednesday.
“Chris is an experienced player,” said Head Coach Norv Turner. “I was fortunate to be with him for a couple years in Oakland. He’s played at a high level in this league. He’s been a starter so he brings experience. He can play in the slot and on the outside. He’s a good addition for us.”
The 5-10, 181-pound native of Reno, Nevada spent his first seven seasons with the Oakland Raiders (2005-07), Tennessee Titans (2008) and Baltimore Ravens (2009-11). Carr went to training camp with the Minnesota Vikings earlier this year but was released prior to the regular season.
“I’m extremely excited to join the Chargers,” Carr said. “I know a lot of coaches on this staff and a lot of players. They’re a contender and a good team that competes year after year. San Diego is a beautiful place, so I’m really excited about this opportunity.”
Carr is an experienced cornerback as well as kickoff and punt returner. He has six interceptions and 32 passes defensed on his resume, along with 207 tackles, 2.5 sacks and 26 tackles on special teams. In 2006, Carr returned an interception 100 yards for a touchdown in a game against Pittsburgh.
Carr set a number of career and single-season kickoff return records in Oakland. He still holds the Raiders’ career record with 201 returns for 4,841 yards (24.1 avg.), while setting single-season marks for return yards (1,762) and return average (25.5) in 2006. Two years later, he set a career high by averaging 28.1 yards on 35 returns for the Titans. For his career, Carr tallied 251 kickoff returns for 6,174 yards (24.6 avg.), and 65 punt returns for 1,062 yards (7.3 avg.).
Carr has played in six postseason games, including one with Tennessee and five with the Ravens. His playoff totals include 18 tackles, an interception and a fumble recovery.
Carr played collegiately at Boise State where he helped lead the Broncos to three Western Athletic Conference titles while playing in 35 career games. He holds a degree in political science.