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Preacher
02-27-2009, 05:09 PM
The Steelers have been in contact with Titans free agent return man and cornerback Chris Carr. Carr has also been contacted by the Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings and St. Louis Rams about his services. The Titans were first in the NFL in kickoff returns in 2008 and Carr also played a role as a reserve at cornerback. Carr averaged 28.1 yards per kickoff return last season.

http://www.steelersdepot.com/blog/2009/02/steelers-contact-titans-free-agent-chris-carr/

Steelman16
02-27-2009, 05:12 PM
If he doesn't want too much, bring him on in! We really need a decent return man. Then we can cut Davis.

Fire Haley
02-27-2009, 05:16 PM
I'll be amazed if we sign any FA's, sign him quick.

StainlessStill
02-27-2009, 05:17 PM
Carr would be a nice pickup, and would be nice competition in Latrobe between him and Logan at KR/PR.

Sharkissle29
02-27-2009, 05:17 PM
Well out of those teams interested, we are by far more superior

tony hipchest
02-27-2009, 05:18 PM
sign pac man!

stillers4me
02-27-2009, 05:21 PM
Carr would be a nice pickup, and would be nice competition in Latrobe between him and Logan at KR/PR.

Tomlin loves training camp competitions.

Preacher
02-27-2009, 05:26 PM
would be an awesome pickup..better field position = more points = wins

exactly.

I was SO worried when we fielded the kickoff with 2 and a half minutes remaining in the SB, KNOWING we wouldn't get good field position.

Pitt$burgh$teeler$
02-27-2009, 06:35 PM
Sign Him It Isnt A Big Secret We Need A Better Return Man So Holmes Cud Focus More On Bein A Wr!

OX1947
02-27-2009, 06:36 PM
Depth at Corner and finally a true threat since Randle El in the return game. I like this.

NEPAsteeler
02-27-2009, 06:38 PM
If he's not asking too much, bring him in! We can definitely use him.

lilyoder6
02-27-2009, 06:49 PM
if we could bring carr in.. he would then challenge logan as the return man.. and he would add depth to the secondary since b-mac looks like he is leaving

Preacher
02-27-2009, 06:55 PM
Titans free agent return man and cornerback Chris Carr (http://www.forecaster.ca/tennessean/football/player.cgi?8366) has been contacted by the Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings, St. Louis Rams and Pittsburgh Steelers. http://www.tennessean.com/gcicommonfiles/sr/graphics/common/adlabel_horz.gif


Carr elevated the Titans to first in the league in kickoff returns last season and was a valuable reserve at cornerback.
The Vikings ranked 20th in the NFL last season in kick returns. Two Vikings defensive backs are free agents: Benny Sapp and Darren Sharper. Detroit, now coached by former Titans defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, ranked 24th in kickoff returns last season.
Last season was Carr's first with the Titans after three seasons with the Oakland Raiders. He averaged 28.1 yards per kickoff return last season.
After the Titans were eliminated from the playoffs, Carr said he preferred to return to Nashville, but would consider signing elsewhere for more playing time on defense.

http://www.tennessean.com/article/20090227/SPORTS01/90227050/1002/SPORTS

Sounds like to me that the issue isn't money, but the ability to play D a bit. With the amount that we are now playing cover 2, 3, and nickel, dime packages, he would see a decent bit of playing time. On top of that, he would be under a coach that knows how to develop CB's.

St33lersguy
02-27-2009, 06:57 PM
We could use him regardless. If he did that well then sign him. I'm sorry to bring this up but he was also the man who returned the INT 100 yds as raider against us Steelers in that sucky 2006 game. God I just gave myself bad memories:chuckle:

Stlrs4Life
02-27-2009, 09:33 PM
Wouldn't sign him just as a return guy, cause he stinks as a DB.

Galax Steeler
02-28-2009, 06:00 AM
I would say he would be worth a try who knows maybe under Tomlin the man might excel.Competition has never hurt anyone.

Curtain_of_Steel
02-28-2009, 08:08 AM
Carr would be a huge upgrade as a KR. Plus he can play a little on Def too.

However, we still need to block on the KR team.

HometownGal
02-28-2009, 08:11 AM
I say bring him on in - what really do we have to lose by giving him a shot? :noidea:

steelersfanman92
02-28-2009, 08:51 AM
I would lke that pickup he is a good return man and he can cover some too, and I dont think that he would be that expensive

Dino 6 Rings
02-28-2009, 09:25 AM
would be an awesome pickup..better field position = more points = wins

Technically, or Field Position wasn't awful this year and we left about 70 points out on the field this season with lack of Red Zone Touchdown Scoring.

SteelShooter
02-28-2009, 09:51 AM
Carr would be a huge upgrade as a KR. Plus he can play a little on Def too.

However, we still need to block on the KR team.



BINGO!

steelerdave1969
02-28-2009, 04:13 PM
Well out of those teams interested, we are by far more superior

That has got to be some of the determination factor for the guy doesnt it? Who wants to go to a losing team just to make a little bit more $$$$?
I think if I were making $1.2 million in TN, I dont think I would take $2.0 mill in Detroit... it cant be fun losing 16 games a year can it?

Florida_Steelers_Fan
02-28-2009, 05:41 PM
why do return guys stink in pittsburgh, though? seems like every guy we bring in ends up coming in highly touted, yet playing mediocre.

but someone also has to explain to me the logic of having your fullback return kicks too...

mesaSteeler
02-28-2009, 10:06 PM
Steelers report: Titans Chris Carr to talk with team
by Matt Pawlikowski
http://www.examiner.com/x-2703-Pittsburgh-Sports-Examiner~topic67797-Pittsburgh-Steelers

PITTSBURGH - Here is a name to keep an eye on, former Tennessee Titans defensive back/return man Chris Carr.

The reason? According to league sources, he will be talking with the Steelers in the next few days.Chris Carr

If the Steelers could ink out a deal with Carr, whose tenacity on the field fits the Steeler mold, it would fulfill two potential needs, the first as a return man and also as a defensive back.

The Titans reportedly want to resign Carr, but there are two hold-backs; He is looking for more playing time at the defensive back slot and the rumored payday he is looking for.

While Cap space could dictate how much money is available for a player like the 5-10, 180 pound Carr to come to Pittsburgh, ( some reports have it as low as $6 million now with the signing of Chris Kemeoatu) there is this to think about ,and you can bet Steeler management is.

Not since Antwaan Randell El has the Steelers return game been a shining point. Yes, Santonio Holmes had his bright spots with punt returns this year, but there is this to chew on.

Two years ago, the team wasted a third-round pick on Willie Reid and then in 2007 there was the Allen Rossum project, as many referred it to, a man who averaged just 21 yards per return.

Carr averaged 28.1 yards per kickoff return last season, this after averaging 24 with the Silver and Black. Gary Russell led the Steelers with just over 23 yards per return.

Also when he played in the secondary, he was known to leave it all on the field with some league sources saying his play could rival Bryant McFadden if given more time in the role. Carr had 21 tackles, an interception and a forced fumble in limited action. In 2006 he had a 100 yard interception return.

As for McFadden, he is scheduled to meet with the Cardinals on Sunday, in what will likely be part of his farewell tour from Pittsburgh.

In addition to the Steelers, the Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings and St. Louis Rams are also expected to be interested in Carr.

Carr made the league as an undrafted free agent from Boise State in 2005. There he was a four-year letter winner for the Broncos, he was an All-Western Athletic Conference pick as a safety and kick returner as a senior and finished his career as the active NCAA career leader in punt return average (19.8).

Stlrs4Life
02-28-2009, 10:30 PM
If he doesn't want too much, bring him on in! We really need a decent return man. Then we can cut Davis.


We can cut Davis anyway. We brought in that guy from the CFL, let's see what he can do. Plus we cn draft a fast returner. I don't want Carr as a DB.

kingkulsteel
02-28-2009, 11:19 PM
he would be a good fit

Galax Steeler
03-01-2009, 06:08 AM
I don't see where it would hurt to give him a try.Like Stlrs4life said we can get rid of Davis regardless of what we do I hope he don't stay with the team this year.

Preacher
03-01-2009, 11:49 AM
Bring him in as a P, K returner, with backup duties. Let him compete in camp.

Fordy
03-01-2009, 01:40 PM
I would like it if we sign him. It could ease the loss of Mcfadden. I dont think he is as bad a DB as Stlrs4Life is indicating. He is a heckuva an athlete who gives it his all=represents the Black and gold if you ask me.

Steelers & I
03-01-2009, 10:48 PM
sign pac man!

Well hell, they might as well pick up Chris Henry while they're at it. Just bond them both out of jail and bring them aboard.

Galax Steeler
03-10-2009, 04:32 PM
Titans cornerback to visit Steelers tomorrow
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
By Gerry Dulac, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Tennessee Titans cornerback Chris Carr, who is one of the top return specialists in the American Football Conference, will visit with the Steelers tomorrow -- the second unrestricted free agent to interview on the South Side this week.

Carr was a backup with the Titans last season after spending the previous three seasons with the Oakland Raiders. He finished third in kick returns (28.1-yard avg.) and eighth in punt returns (10.1 avg.) in the AFC last season.

The Steelers are looking for an extra cornerback after losing Bryant McFadden to the Arizona Cardinals in free agency. Carr has also visited with the Cleveland Browns and Detroit Lions and has not ruled out returning to the Titans.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09069/954527-100.stm

scsteeler
03-10-2009, 05:50 PM
Sign Him It Isnt A Big Secret We Need A Better Return Man So Holmes Cud Focus More On Bein A Wr!

Had Parker not gotten hurt Moore would have gave a big boost in the return game.

El-Gonzo Jackson
03-10-2009, 07:49 PM
Could Carr even play DB in the dime.......or would he strictly be a return guy??

steelersfanman92
03-10-2009, 07:54 PM
He played some backup DB last season and he isnt too bad but he definetly isn't an ideal first or even second stringer

mesaSteeler
03-10-2009, 08:33 PM
Carr to visit Wednesday
http://nflfromthesidelines.blogspot.com/2009/03/carr-to-visit-wednesday.html

It appears that free agent Tennessee cornerback Chris Carr will visit Pittsburgh Wednesday as the Steelers begin looking to add free agent depth after losing Bryant McFadden to Arizona.

Carr, as many frequent visitors to this site know, has been one of the free agents I felt the Steelers would target.

He won't be a starter for them, but he would certainly give them somebody of stepping into the lineup in a pinch, while also doubling as their return man.

There's been no movement with Joey Galloway to this point. Doesn't mean that he won't eventually sign with the Steelers, but they're being patient.

Posted by Dale Lolley at 6:04 PM

SteelCurtain7
03-10-2009, 09:22 PM
Good deal. :tt:

BlastFurnace
03-10-2009, 09:29 PM
You know, I don't see the value here...considering we need someone who is more skilled as a DB, but the front office has proven me wrong time and time again. I'll sit back and see what happens.

DoubleSh0t
03-10-2009, 09:34 PM
Bring him in and lets see what he can do.

Galax Steeler
03-11-2009, 03:48 AM
You never know what they are thinking hopefully he will sign.

Galax Steeler
03-11-2009, 03:51 AM
Titans' Carr could play double role for Steelers
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
By Gerry Dulac, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
David Banks/Associated Press
Chris Carr was a backup with the Titans last season after spending the previous three seasons with the Raiders.

In an attempt to bolster their ability to return kicks and punts and also provide depth at cornerback, the Steelers will meet today with Tennessee Titans cornerback Chris Carr -- the second unrestricted free agent to interview on the South Side this week.

Carr, 25, was a backup with the Titans last season after spending the previous three seasons with the Oakland Raiders, but he is one of the top return specialists in the AFC. He finished third in kick returns (28.1-yard average) and eighth in punt returns (10.1) in the AFC last season.

But, with the Raiders, the 5-foot-10, 180-pound Carr became the team's career kickoff return leader with 201 returns for 4,841 yards (24.1 average) in three seasons. Carr, though, has never returned a kick or punt for a touchdown in four seasons, and his longest return of any kind was a 62-yard kickoff in 2005, his rookie season.

The Steelers had one of the worst return games in the NFL last season, ranking 29th in kick-return average (20.3) and 31st in punt-return average (6.0). Their longest return of any kind in the regular season was a 43-yard kick return by Gary Russell, though Santonio Holmes returned a punt 67 yards for a touchdown in the postseason against San Diego.

The Steelers are looking for an extra cornerback after losing Bryant McFadden to the Arizona Cardinals in free agency. Carr, an undrafted free agent from Boise State, also has visited with the Cleveland Browns and Detroit Lions and has not ruled out returning to the Titans.

"If a team's going to give me more of an opportunity, then I probably would leave," Carr told the Detroit Free Press after visiting the Lions, who are coached by former Titans defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz.

Carr has played in all 16 games in each of his four seasons, but he has started only six games -- two each of the past three seasons. He has intercepted two passes. In a Dec. 21 game against the Steelers, Carr returned one kickoff for 29 yards and three punts for 23 yards in the Titans' 31-14 victory in Nashville, Tenn.

Earlier this week, the Steelers met with former Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Joey Galloway, 37, who was being viewed as a potential replacement for No. 3 receiver Nate Washington.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09070/954643-66.stm

stlrtruck
03-11-2009, 07:12 AM
sign pac man!

Most of your posts are funny, even when they're not meant to be but this one deserves the following:

:buttkick: and :kick:


:sofunny:

drew102e
03-11-2009, 10:55 AM
reminds me of allen rossum trade, not worth it

Fire Haley
03-11-2009, 11:03 AM
Earlier this week, the Steelers met with former Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Joey Galloway, 37, who was being viewed as a potential replacement for No. 3 receiver Nate Washington.

So what the hell happened there? Did he leave?

Nighthawk
03-11-2009, 07:05 PM
I don't think we have much money to play around with in Free Agency at the moment, they're probably just seeing what everyone is all about right now then chosing from there

fansince'76
03-11-2009, 07:10 PM
I don't think we have much money to play around with in Free Agency at the moment....

Oh no, we got money to burn and the Rooneys are just tightwads, according to a post in another thread. :rolleyes: :coffee:

BlastFurnace
03-11-2009, 07:19 PM
I don't think we have much money to play around with in Free Agency at the moment, they're probably just seeing what everyone is all about right now then chosing from there

If we find someone we really want, they will free up some space. Ben's contract is probably the first one they would toy with.

ShutDown24
03-11-2009, 07:21 PM
Chris Carr isn't just a return man either. That guy can cover.

lilyoder6
03-11-2009, 08:39 PM
i think the steelers have enough money to go after some FA...

carr would be a nice addition as another cb and a returner..

Galax Steeler
03-12-2009, 04:03 AM
I would like to know how his visit went and if he is interested in signing.

Galax Steeler
03-12-2009, 04:05 AM
Carr's skills as kick returner more intriguing than as DB
Thursday, March 12, 2009
By Gerry Dulac, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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Chris Carr, averaged 24.1 yards a return for Raiders

Chris Carr already has made one impression on the Steelers. Now, he is hoping he has made another.

Carr, a backup cornerback with the Tennessee Titans, spent yesterday meeting with coach Mike Tomlin, director of football operations Kevin Colbert and several assistant coaches at the team's South Side facility. The Steelers are the third team he has visited as an unrestricted free agent, but he didn't have to introduce himself to everybody.

He did that two years ago when, as a cornerback with the Oakland Raiders, he intercepted a Ben Roethlisberger pass and returned it 100 yards for a touchdown in a 20-16 victory.

The Steelers are interested in Carr, 25, as a backup cornerback, but they are more intrigued by his abilities as a return specialist.

Despite his heroics in that October 2006 game in Oakland, Carr has just two career interceptions in four NFL seasons, three of which were with the Raiders.

In Oakland, Carr (5 feet 10, 180 pounds) was the team's all-time kickoff-return leader with 201 returns for 4,841 yards (24.1 average). He never has returned a kick or punt for a touchdown in four seasons, and his longest return of any kind was a 62-yard kickoff in 2005, his rookie season.

In his only season with the Titans, Carr was third in kickoff-return average (28.1 yards) and eighth in punt-return average (10.1) in the AFC last season.

Carr is the second free agent to visit the Steelers this week, following former Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Joey Galloway. The Steelers did not extend an offer to Galloway, who will be 38 in November, but he expressed to them an interest in signing with the team.

The Steelers are looking for an extra cornerback after losing Bryant McFadden to the Arizona Cardinals in free agency. Carr also has visited with the Cleveland Browns and Detroit Lions and has not ruled out returning to the Titans.

Meantime, right tackle Willie Colon signed a one-year contract for $2,198,000 -- the tender amount he was offered last month as a restricted free agent. That tender meant the Steelers would have received a first-round draft pick in return if Colon signed a contract with another team and the Steelers decided not to match the offer.

Colon is the third member of the offensive line to receive a new deal since the end of the season, joining left tackle Max Starks (one year, $8,451,000) and guard Chris Kemoeatu (five years, $20 million).

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09071/955045-66.stm

FredScott
03-12-2009, 04:36 AM
http://www.steelersdepot.com/blog/2009/02/early-2009-steelers-salary-cap-numbers/

According to the source above we possibly have 7-9mil left under the cap which isn't really a lot with the contracts being thrown around now days but that should be plenty to pick up a guy like carr.

Fire Haley
03-13-2009, 01:06 PM
Another one bites the dust.

The pigeon has flown the coop.

Steelers | Carr not offered contract
Fri, 13 Mar 2009 10:42:08 -0700

Gerry Dulac, of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, reports the Pittsburgh Steelers did not offer a contract to unrestricted free-agent CB Chris Carr (Titans) after he met with the team.

Edman
03-13-2009, 01:17 PM
Must've not liked what they saw.

Fire Haley
03-13-2009, 01:44 PM
Or he wanted too much moola too.

clevestinks
03-13-2009, 01:52 PM
knowing our front office, it was just to early to sign him! They want to wait until he is availbale three weeks from now, and getting nervous, then they go after him. Problem here is, he will resign with TT before that!

Galax Steeler
03-13-2009, 02:43 PM
If we were going to sign him we should have went ahead and offered him a contract. As cleve stated he will go somwhere and it will probably be the Titans.

Fire Haley
03-13-2009, 02:52 PM
Maybe he wanted more money than we were willing to pay. I guess we'll never know.

Florida_Steelers_Fan
03-13-2009, 05:54 PM
i'd rather make sure james harrison gets his money before i started spending it on a 38 year old wide receiver, and a return guy (that never seem to pan out here) who's nothing more than a depth corner...

...patience.

Fire Haley
03-13-2009, 07:00 PM
Or brought over a little too much of Lendale White's personality with him.

I remember the hoards of Steelers fans who begged for us to take Butterball.


http://i43.tinypic.com/a4bpdt.jpg

SteelShooter
03-14-2009, 01:34 AM
Would be a great pickup, but I agree........we won't drop the bucks and unfortunately we seem to be stuck with Davis for another year dammit!

Steely McSmash
03-14-2009, 09:38 AM
I remember the hoards of Steelers fans who begged for us to take Butterball.


http://i43.tinypic.com/a4bpdt.jpg

He's rocking the sweats. Could be the next Staley.

lilyoder6
03-14-2009, 09:46 AM
oh well.. if he wants 2 leave for more money thats fine.... i think that the steelers could find a return man that could add depth as either a cb or a wr in the draft

Steely McSmash
03-14-2009, 09:47 AM
Would be a great pickup, but I agree........we won't drop the bucks and unfortunately we seem to be stuck with Davis for another year dammit!

What does this have to do with Carey Davis?? Russell did most of the KR duty and Moore and Holmes split PR for the most part.

I think Carey Davis should be coming to camp with something to prove but not because of the KR issue.

Honestly I think Russell did ok. First and foremost he caught the ball. He averaged 23 yards per kr in a dependable workmanlike fashion. Carr got 28. Not such a huge difference IMO.

Don't forget that Mendenhall may be in the mix here next year as well. Also if Mundy and Roy Lewis make the roster they might show something. If we end up drafting a Rookie for FS or CB they might be in the mix as well.

If Carr were willing so sign cheap that would be great since he's an upgrade and could fill the Fernando McBryant Veteran Depth role. I do see the FO signing a FA CB. Not so urgent to me that he be a KR as well.

Pitt$burgh$teeler$
03-14-2009, 11:41 AM
I Saw On Espn he Signed With The Ravens This Morning!

Fire Haley
03-14-2009, 12:25 PM
Yeah - I guess he's wasn't worth $2.5 mil a year to us.

Galax Steeler
03-14-2009, 12:33 PM
Players come an players go. So I guess we get to see how good he really is we will face him 2 time a year.

BlastFurnace
03-14-2009, 12:41 PM
Must not have been too impressive to us

http://www.profootballtalk.com/2009/03/14/ravens-signing-chris-carr/

Not that I blame the Steelers in either case...because I don't...but we could have had BMAC and Carr for a total contract total of $15 Million. It doesn't appear that there is much money left for any free agents out there.

The Duke
03-14-2009, 12:56 PM
hmm....ravens desperate way to stop roethlisberger?

cause honestly, that 100 yard int is the only impressive thing he's ever done

could replace leonhard as a returner though....

The Definiti0n
03-14-2009, 03:37 PM
It looking more likely we will take a cornerback with one of our early picks

jjpro11
03-14-2009, 05:07 PM
hmm....ravens desperate way to stop roethlisberger?

cause honestly, that 100 yard int is the only impressive thing he's ever done

could replace leonhard as a returner though....

i liked leonhard on their team.. i'm glad they let him go.

devilsdancefloor
03-14-2009, 05:37 PM
im just intersted in seeing what logan can do!

lilyoder6
03-14-2009, 07:09 PM
i guess no 1 like to be with the defending champs... oh well


oh well.. hopefully logan is a total bamf as a returner

steelerdave1969
03-14-2009, 07:20 PM
I just dont see how the Patriots have so much money to spend, they get new people every offseason and still are no where near the salary cap... whats up with that? But who cares, I think the Steelers know more about what is going on than we do anyway

rick723
03-14-2009, 07:49 PM
I just dont see how the Patriots have so much money to spend, they get new people every offseason and still are no where near the salary cap... whats up with that? But who cares, I think the Steelers know more about what is going on than we do anyway

Fuzzy math

SteelerFanStuckInBaltimor
03-14-2009, 09:49 PM
If Logan is equal to Carr in return ability, we saved $2 million/year...

http://www.ksfy.com/sports/headlines/39327677.html

SteelMember
03-14-2009, 10:45 PM
Well, It seems the rats may have put this thread to rest.

Media outlets are reporting the Ravens have agreed to terms with cornerback Chris Carr. by Mike Duffy
Mar 14, 2009

According to reports from John Clayton of ESPN, the Ravens have agreed to terms on a two-year contract with cornerback Chris Carr, formerly of the Tennessee Titans.

The Ravens have not officially announced any news regarding Carr and will not until Carr has signed a contract.

http://www.baltimoreravens.com/News/Articles/2009/03/Chris_Carr.aspx

tony hipchest
03-14-2009, 10:54 PM
I just dont see how the Patriots have so much money to spend, they get new people every offseason and still are no where near the salary cap... whats up with that? But who cares, I think the Steelers know more about what is going on than we do anywayits easy if you follow their books. they have a ton of players on their first (wilfork) contracts and will have about 30 of them who expire after this season (seymour). they either have alot of tough decisions to make for 2010 or ALOT of money they will have to spend in an uncapped year.

stlrtruck
03-16-2009, 08:06 AM
its easy if you follow their books. they have a ton of players on their first (wilfork) contracts and will have about 30 of them who expire after this season (seymour). they either have alot of tough decisions to make for 2010 or ALOT of money they will have to spend in an uncapped year.

Don't forget, they also shedded Cassel's contract by trading him to KC - that would have been 14 million against the cap. That move alone freed up way too much money.

lilyoder6
03-16-2009, 08:10 AM
that was a huge cap hit they got rid of when cassell went bye bye and what ever vrabel's hit was...