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Cornerback Chris Carr announced via Twitter that he has re-signed with the Ravens.
“Well bmore. I’m backkkkkkkkkkkkk! Very excited to finish my career here,” Carr tweeted. “Thanks to all the support, I love it here in Bmore and I love everything about being a Raven.”
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Carr was one of three Ravens cornerbacks who were unrestricted free agents. One, Josh Wilson, already departed for the Washington Redskins. Fabian Washington has reportedly drawn interest from Minnesota and Tampa Bay.
“I’m very excited,” Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh said. “This is something that we hoped to do, certainly with Josh or Chris. One of those two guys. They were both highly sought after and Chris is really a great fit for us because he is so versatile. He is inside, he is outside.”
However, Carr has said all along that his desire was to return to Baltimore.
The seventh-year corner stepped up big for the Ravens last year, starting all 16 games after Domonique Foxworth went down with a season-ending knee injury.
Carr made 61 tackles, defensed eight passes and logged two interceptions last year. Harbaugh said he was perhaps the most solid cornerback on the team. Carr has also been lauded for his study habits and knowledge of the Ravens’ defense.
“I will work as hard as possible to make myself and my teammates better,” Carr tweeted. “That includes the mental, spiritual, physical, and nutritional.”
It’s unknown where Carr will line up this year. Just before the lockout ended, he said he was interested in staying in Baltimore only if he could maintain a big role.
But with first-round pick Jimmy Smith looking to develop into a lockdown corner, 2009′s top corner Foxworth returning and Lardarius Webb also looking for room to grow, Carr will have his work cut out for him. One benefit Carr has is the versatility to play in the slot.
“We certainly consider him a starter. He is getting starter money,” Harbaugh said.
“Obviously, it is competitive here and that’s the thing that Chris relishes, I think. … We’ll put the best two, three or four corners out there at one time, whoever those guys are.”