IRVING, Texas – Asked during the rookie minicamp which Cowboys veteran he's looking forward to learning from, first-round cornerback Byron Jones answered Brandon Carr because of Carr's press coverage skills and similar body type.
Indeed, in the short time since Jones became a Cowboy, Carr says the rookie has been a "sponge" soaking up as much information as possible.
Despite speculation about his contract, and in turn, his future in Dallas, the eighth-year veteran welcomes the opportunity to help Jones adjust to the NFL.
"I'm all about mentoring guys," Carr said recently. "I'm all about competition and guys getting better each and every day. He's a young guy, he has a lot to learn. I feel like I can add some teaching lessons to him as well."
Although he failed to record an interception in a season for the first time in his career, Carr was one of the Cowboys' most productive defenders during their undefeated December and playoff run. But questions remain as to whether the Cowboys will ask Carr to adjust his contract and reduce his $12.7 million cap figure for 2015.
"We're evaluating, looking to the extent that we can make contractual adjustments that would fit and help us under the cap. We want to try to do that with him," team owner/general manager Jerry Jones said recently. "We value Carr and what he can mean for us this year."
Carr has declined to discuss his contract with reporters but repeatedly has said he wants to remain a Cowboy.
Drafting Jones helps the team's cornerback depth. And Carr wants the rookie to make a smooth transition.