It appears that Raiders cornerback T.J. Carrie may have played his last down in Oakland. The Cleveland Browns intend to sign the free agent defensive back according to Browns beat writer Mary Kay Cabot.
#Browns intend to sign free agent CB TJ Carrie (Oakland), league source says— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) March 14, 2018
The deal was confirmed by Sirius XM host Adam Caplan to be a four-year contract worth $31 million including $10 million guaranteed at signing.
Carrie was a product of the Raiders 2014 NFL Draft that featured Khalil Mack, Derek Carr, and Gabe Jackson. He appeared in 60 games, 34 of which he started for the Silver and Black. The 27-year old cornerback provided valuable versatility and was the Raiders most consistent player in the secondary.
With Carrie, Sean Smith, and David Amerson out of the picture, the Raiders leading cornerback in terms of career defensive snap counts is officially Dexter McDonald.
Carrie was listed as a moderate to borderline high priority resign by Silver and Black Pride back in January. The impending move will leave an even larger hole in the Raiders secondary that Reggie McKenzie and Jon Gruden will surely need to address in free agency and the 2018 NFL Draft.
With many of the top cornerbacks already off the market, the Raiders are running out of options to address the position through free agency. Two names still out there are Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller and Bills defensive back E.J. Gaines. Fuller is one of the most talented players on the market period, but the Bears slapped the transition tag on him which allows them to match any offer Fuller receives.
As for the draft, Denzal Ward, Josh Jackson, and Jaire Alexander should all be options for the Raiders when they select at the 10th overall pick.
UPDATE: Additional financial details of Carrie’s deal reveal his guaranteed money is a bit higher than originally reported. Kid got paid pretty handsomely.
T.J. Carrie deal: 4 yrs, $31M (really!), $15.5M guaranteed, $5.5M injury only, $3.6M SB.— Howard Balzer (@HBalzer721) March 14, 2018