Cowboys sign Brandon Carr

March 14, 2012 at 9:05 PM   |   Comments

IRVING, Texas, March 14 (UPI) -- The Dallas Cowboys signed free-agent cornerback Brandon Carr to a five-year contract worth a reported $50.1 million.

"I'm ecstatic," the 25-year-old player said in a statement released by the team. "It's been a long, long time and I've been waiting for this opportunity to not only secure myself financially, but also to elevate my game to be at the highest level, which is the Dallas Cowboys. Now it's time to turn my game up another notch."

Dallas signed Carr one day after the Cowboys released veteran cornerback Terence Newman. That move freed up $6 million in 2012 salary cap money.

Carr, considered the top cornerback among the free agents available this year, was drafted in the fifth round out of Grand Valley State by Kansas City in 2008 and started every game while with the Chiefs.

Dallas also signed former Denver quarterback Kyle Orton, who is expected to be the backup to starter Tony Romo. Orton started the first five games for Denver in 2011 before being replaced by Tim Tebow.

After being released by Denver during the season, he was picked up by Kansas City and filled in for the injured Matt Cassel during the final three games of the campaign.

© 2012 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Featured UPI Collection
Notable deaths of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Notable deaths of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Most Popular
Jon Bon Jovi cut from group bidding for the Buffalo Bills
Rams rookie got a face tattoo to intentionally keep himself from working anywhere but the NFL
Denver Broncos' Wes Welker facing four game suspension
Michael Sam could join Dallas Cowboys practice squad: Report
Josh Brent suspended 10 games
Trending News