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By Jonathan Bales

Grading the ‘Boys: Bruce Carter 2012 Grade

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Yesterday I graded Miles Austin. Today, I turned my attention to Bruce Carter.

The Numbers

The most important number for Carter is 4.7 million, as in the number of dollars he’ll receive throughout the course of his four-year rookie contract. That’s a whole lot of money for you or me, but having a potential Pro Bowl-caliber inside linebacker for just over $1 million a year is a bargain in the NFL. With so much “wasted” cash going to guys like Miles Austin, Jay Ratliff, and Doug Free, it’s the bargains the Cowboys find in the draft—the Bruce Carter, Sean Lee, Dez Bryant-esque players—that can keep them alive.

In 2012, Carter was able to parlay his freakish athleticism into a productive season in the middle of Rob Ryan’s defense. With 70 tackles on the year, Carter registered a tackle on 11.2 percent of his snaps. That’s not quite Sean Lee territory (17.5 percent), but solid nonetheless. In comparison, 49ers inside linebacker Patrick Willis—widely considered one of the league’s premiere inside linebackers—recorded a tackle on 11.9 percent of his snaps.

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