By Jamison Hensley, The Baltimore Sun
6:26 PM EDT, July 30, 2011
The Ravens re-signed cornerback Chris Carr on Saturday, reducing the sting of losing a string of their own free agents this week.
No one was happier than Carr himself. He broke the news, announcing that he signed a four-year contract with the Ravens.
Carr posted on Twitter on Saturday afternoon, "Well [Baltimore]. I'm backkkkkkkkkkkkk! Very excited to finish my career here."
Over the first five days of free agency, the Ravens watched five of their free agents go elsewhere (nose tackle Kelly Gregg, cornerback Josh Wilson, safety Dawan Landry, offensive lineman Chris Chester and receiver Donte' Stallworth). The only other free agent the Ravens have retained is guard Marshal Yanda.
One of the Ravens' goals in free agency was to keep either Wilson or Carr. The Ravens turned their attention to Carr after Wilson went to the Washington Redskins.
Still, there was no guarantee that they would hold onto Carr. The Jacksonville Jaguars, Cincinnati Bengals and New York Jets all showed interest in the 28-year-old cornerback.
"I'm very excited," coach John Harbaugh said. "This is something that we would hope to do. Chris is really a great fit for us."
Carr declined to comment when reached by The Baltimore Sun in an email, and terms of his contract weren't announced.
In his first five seasons in the NFL, Carr started a total of 10 games for the Oakland Raiders, Tennessee Titans and Ravens. Last season, Carr was expected to be the team's nickel back until Domonique Foxworth sustained a season-ending knee injury just as training camp was about to start.
Carr was the Ravens' most consistent cornerback last season, finishing fifth with a career-high 67 tackles, forcing three fumbles and intercepting two passes.
He isn't ready to relinquish his job after becoming a full-time starter for the first time in his career. Ten days ago, Carr said he would only return to the Ravens for a starting job.
"I know he talked about wanting to be a starter and we certainly consider him a starter," Harbaugh said. "He's getting starter money. That's how we see him. Obviously, it's competitive here. That's the thing that Chris relishes. I think that's why he wants to be here because he understands the best players are going to play. We'll put the best two, three, four corners out there at one time whoever those guys are."
Carr will compete against Foxworth, Lardarius Webb and first-round pick Jimmy Smith for a starting job.
"I will work as hard as possible to make myself and my teammates better," Carr posted on Twitter.
Sun reporter Ken Murray contributed to this article
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