The Minnesota Vikings officially signed veteran free-agents in cornerback Chris Carr and linebacker Marvin Mitchell April 10, according to the team’s press release. Carr was announced, earlier this month, that he joined the club. However, Carr’s signing was not official, until now.Carr, 28, was released by the Baltimore Ravens for cap reasons before free agency, and despite being injured (back) last season, the organization voiced that they would have been willing to re-sign him. Carr spent his last three NFL seasons in Charm City.
The undrafted rookie free agent was signed by the Oakland Raiders in 2005 and he is the franchise’s all-time kickoff return leader, as he tallied 201 returns for 4,481 yards (averaged 24.1 per return) from 2005 to 2007.
Carr’s 1st career interception was returned 100 yards for a touchdown in 2006, as a member of the Raiders, against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The 5-10, 180-pound Boise State graduate participated in 105 games (27 starts) for his seven-year NFL career. For the Ravens, Carr started 16 games in 2010.
Prior to joining the Ravens, Carr had a stint with the Tennessee Titans (2008) and for the past four seasons, the Nevada native has appeared in the AFC playoffs.
While in Baltimore, Carr was expected to burst the club’s special teams’ unit. Instead, he became more reliable in nickel packages for the Ravens, which is why the Vikings acquired him.
The Vikings struggled mightily in the secondary last season, as they surrendered the second-worst scoring total (28.1 points allowed per game, 31st) in the NFL and finished 26th in passing yards allowed with 251.2.
The Vikings added defensive back Zack Bowman last March. If healthy, Carr would be a great addition with Bowman, as they will join cornerbacks Antonie Winfield and Chris Cook.
Mitchell spent his 2011 campaign with the Miami Dolphins and led the team with 12 special teams tackles, while appearing in all 16 games.
The Virginia native recorded a sack and an interception last season while playing a reserve role on defense.
Mitchell was originally drafted in the seventh round by the New Orleans Saints in 2007 NFL Draft. The former Tennessee Volunteer participated in 71 career games (two starts) for his five-year career in the NFL.
The 6-3, 249-pound linebacker was a member of the Saints’ Super Bowl (XLIV) winning team for the 2009 season.