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Updated: March 22nd, 2012 2:23pm
Notebook: Chris Carr to visit Vikings; Geoff Schwartz gets $150K bonus

Notebook: Chris Carr to visit Vikings; Geoff Schwartz gets $150K bonus

by Judd Zulgad
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Free-agent cornerback Chris Carr will visit the Minnesota Vikings after spending time with the Kansas City Chiefs, according to

The veteran played the past three seasons with the Baltimore Ravens after spending a year with Tennessee. He began his career with the Oakland Raiders in 2005.

Carr signed a three-year, $14 million contract extension with the Ravens before last season but was released this month. Carr played in only nine games in 2011 in part because he spent much of the season dealing with a back injury. He had only 16 tackles and did not pick off a pass.

Carr started every game for the Ravens in 2010, making a career-high 61 tackles and finishing with two interceptions. Carr played in all 16 games in his first six NFL seasons.

Carr reportedly was owed a base salary of $2.5 million for 2012 and had a $3.45 million salary-cap figure.

The Vikings also expressed interest in Carr in 2009 before he signed with Baltimore.

The Vikings need to add depth at cornerback and Carr could compete for a job in the nickel package when five defensive backs are on the field.

Schwartz gets $150,000 to sign

The one-year deal offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz signed with the Vikings on Wednesday included a $150,000 signing bonus and has a maximum value of $1.5 million, an NFL source said.

Several other deals signed in recent days were filed with the NFL as well.

• Fullback Jerome Felton and running back Lex Hilliard got one-year contracts that have base salaries of $700,000 and $615,000, respectively. Felton received a $50,000 bonus tied to workouts and making the 53-man roster.

• Letroy Guion's three-year contract included a signing bonus of around $1.5 million. His base salary jumps from $950,000 to $2.45 million and will be $3.95 million in 2013.

• Defensive tackle Fred Evans signed a two-year deal with base salaries of $700,000 in 2012 and $1.45 million in 2013. It is believed he received a signing bonus as well, but the exact number was not available.

Tom Pelissero contributed.

Judd Zulgad is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays and "Saturday Morning SportsTalk" from 10 a.m. to noon on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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