The New Orleans Saints announced Tuesday that they have signed free agent cornerback Chris Carr to a one-year contract. The announcement was made by Saints' Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis.
Carr, who comes to New Orleans after spending the 2012 season as a reserve defensive back and contributor on special teams with the San Diego Chargers, has appeared in 114 career games with 27 starts in eight NFL seasons with the Chargers, Baltimore Ravens, Tennessee Titans and Oakland Raiders, compiling 207 tackles (166 solo), 2.5 sacks, six interceptions, 26 passes defensed, five forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries and 30 special teams stops.
The 5-10, 181 pound native of Reno, Nev., who originally entered the NFL with the Raiders as a rookie free agent out of Boise State in 2005 also brings extensive experience to the Saints as a kickoff and punt returner. He has returned 148 punts for 1,073 yards (7.3 avg.) and brought back 256 kickoffs for 6,276 yards (24.5 avg.). Carr set a number of career and single-season kickoff return records in Oakland from 2005-07. He still holds the Raiders' career record with 201 kickoff returns for 4,841 yards (24.1 avg.), while setting single-season marks for kickoff return yards (1,762) and kickoff return average (25.5) in 2006. Two years later, he set a career-high by averaging 28.1 yards on 35 kickoff returns for the Titans.