The New Orleans Saints have plenty going on during this offseason as they attempt to revamp their defense. It was announced this week that the team signed veteran cornerback Chris Carr to a one-year deal. Carr has been a bit of a journeyman so far in his career as he has had stints with the Baltimore Ravens, San Diego Chargers, Tennessee Titans and the Oakland Raiders.
During his time with the Raiders, Carr was under the tutelage of Saints’ defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. The Saints have been bringing in players familiar with Ryan’s system as they transition to a 3-4 defense under the new defensive coordinator. Carr was brought in to provide depth in the secondary and having some familiarity with Ryan’s system is a huge plus.
During his eight-year career, Carr has posted 214 tackles, 25 passes defended and six interceptions. Carr is not going to be starting for the Saints, but he could see some time in the rotation, especially in dime and nickel packages. Carr has played in 114 games with 27 starts so it is definitely beneficial for the Saints to have that kind of experience for their secondary.
Carr may just be a depth signing but he should be able to help the younger players get accustomed to Ryan’s system. At 30 years old, he still has plenty left in the tank. Furthermore, Carr does have some versatility as he has returned a combined 404 kickoffs and punts throughout his career. If the Saints needed him to, Carr could also play on the special teams and that only gives him more value to the team. All in all this was a good pickup by the Saints and the depth will certainly help the team.