Raiders Blog and Q&A

News, observations and reader questions about the Oakland Raiders

March 21, 2008
Carr shopping

Amid all the talk of new Raiders, there's a possibility of the team losing one of its unheralded contributors.

CB/KR/PR Chris Carr wasn’t a high draft pick and sure isn’t flashy.

He’s a restricted free agent, meaning the Raiders can match any offer for his services.

But there’s a glut in the secondary. Even if the Raiders trade a cornerback, Carr might be fourth in line to play.

DeAngelo Hall can return punts and it’s logical the team might want Johnnie Lee Higgins to assume kick and punt return duty.

Carr was in Buffalo on Thursday, the same day the Hall trade was completed and told the The Buffalo News, “I just want a change and a shot to go somewhere else and prove that I can play.”

He's also visited Carolina, Tennessee and Cleveland.

That Carr didn’t play more, especially earlier in the season, was puzzling. The secondary was struggling to tackle and Carr isn’t a bad tackler.

Carr played cornerback and safety and was one of my favorite types of players – cerebral. He understood the details and had no problem sharing his insights.

Like Chris Clemons, Carr is just a football player. He’s tough (which you have to be to make an NFL team undrafted) and the kind of player I know Lane Kiffin liked.

There are intangibles Carr brought them every game. A tackle on special teams or being in the right spot on defense doesn’t always earn a player millions.

The Raiders can’t afford to lose too many players like Carr and Clemons because some qualities that winners display aren’t measured in guaranteed money.

--Jason Jones

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Matt Kawahara was born in Sacramento and attended McClatchy High School and UC Berkeley, where he wrote for the independent student paper The Daily Californian. He graduated from Cal in 2010 and started at The Sacramento Bee as a summer intern. He joined The Bee's sports staff in fall 2011.

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