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Vikings add more experience at cornerback, sign veteran Chris Carr

Vikings add more experience at cornerback, sign veteran Chris Carr

by Tom Pelissero
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For the second time in 10 days, the Minnesota Vikings have addressed their depleted cornerback group.

They agreed to terms on Wednesday with veteran Chris Carr on a one-year deal, an NFL source confirmed. No other terms were immediately available.

Carr, 28, is entering his eighth NFL season after stints with Oakland (2005 to '07), Tennessee (2008) and Baltimore (2009 to '11). He visited the Vikings about two weeks ago but left without a deal.

The Vikings signed Zackary Bowman last week and hope to create competition in a group headed by Antoine Winfield and Chris Cook. Carr also has experience in the return game, although he's touched the ball in that phase only seven times over the past two seasons.

Undrafted out of Boise State in 2005, Carr had his most productive season came with the Ravens in 2010, when he started all 16 games and posted two interceptions, eight passes defended and three forced fumbles.

That performance merited a new four-year deal with the Ravens. But hamstring and back injuries limited Carr to nine games in 2011, the Ravens released him on March 1 and he sat on the market for more than a month before taking the Vikings' offer.

In 105 NFL games (27 starts), Carr has six interceptions, 24 passes defended and seven forced fumbles.

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