KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 18: Brandon Carr #39 of the Kansas City Chiefs celebrates after a win against the Green Bay Packers at Arrowhead Stadium on December 18, 2011 in Kansas CIty, Missouri. The Chiefs defeated the Packers 19-14. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
Kansas City Chiefs interim coach Romeo Crennel was asked about the future of CB Brandon Carr in Monday's season-ending press conference and, unfortunately, I couldn't find any hints on the future of Carr, who is scheduled to be a free agent.
Here's what Crennel said when asked about Carr (via KCChiefs.com):
"Well like I told you, every year there are a list of guys who are free agents and the business of football in the NFL and free agency business starts, I think the team will get together and determine free agents that are on the list and prioritize those guys and try to go after them. Just like every other team in the NFL, they are looking at the potential free agents and prioritizing those guys and determining who they may want to go after so then we'll have to see how it plays out. But Brandon has had a nice year for us."
Crennel is a defensive guy. He probably wants all the defensive guys he can get. And, as Crennel said, Carr did have a nice year. He's been one of the better values in the NFL since he was a 2008 fifth round pick. He was continually near the top in the league's performance-based pay (when it existed) and hasn't missed a start since he came into the league. If the Chiefs like to reward players who do things the right way and set the right tone for the rest of the team, then paying Carr is a no-brainer.
We'll get into Carr's future a lot more as the offseason goes on but he's a player I think the Chiefs absolutely have to bring back.