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Carr gets no assurance that he's a starter

Chris Carr was the only Ravens cornerback to start all 16 regular-season contests last fall, making a career-high 67 tackles and three forced fumbles and tying a career best with two interceptions.

But Carr is part of a logjam at cornerback, where Domonique Foxworth, Lardarius Webb and rookie Jimmy Smith are jockeying for the right to start in the team's season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sept. 11.

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Carr, who has publicly expressed his desire to be a starter at cornerback and not safety, said he received no assurances that he would start when he agreed on July 30 to return to the Ravens.

"We haven't really talked about it now and I really don't expect to talk about it," Carr said. "It seems like they're going to give me a fair shot, and if you're a competitor, that's all you ask for. And that's all I've ever asked for in my career. So my main concern is always getting better, and I feel like if I get better, then I will start. In the offseason, I worked on a lot of things that I wanted to improve. So hopefully, we'll see if it pays off."Prior to agreeing to return to the team, Carr conceded that he had harbored some doubt that he would play for the Ravens again.

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"There were a lot of teams in the running," he said. "The Jets and Jacksonville were pretty serious, and it was a tough decision. But I think if I didn't love it here so much, I would've left. So that's ultimately what it came down to. I like it here, I believe in this organization and my teammates. So ultimately, it wasn't enough for me to leave. So I'm glad I'm here."

Carr said offers from the Jets and Jaguars were enticing, but he is comfortable in his belief that he made the right choice.

"It was a difficult decision, but I felt good about it," he said. "It was one of those things where it was really enticing when people are real eager to get you on their football team and they're offering you the same amount of money or even more money. It's going to make you want to leave a little bit because you know people on other teams, and I do respect those players and their organizations. But ultimately, here, it's first class, and there's no other place I'd rather be. So once I made the decision, I was thrilled to come back."

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