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Players' pitches helped Brandon Carr

IRVING, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys made sure they treated Brandon Carr well on his free-agent visit.

They flew up Jason Garrett, Rob Ryan, Jerome Henderson and Joe Baker on Jerry Jones’ private plane. They took Carr immediately to Cowboys Stadium, flying right by the $1.2 billion structure on their way to Arlington Municipal Airport.

They had some of his highlights on the center-hung HD video board. They talked about the team’s tradition.

But what really hit him to Carr, who signed a six-year, $60.1 million deal with $26.5 million guaranteed, were his new teammates. The Cowboys had DeMarcus Ware, Jason Witten, Sean Lee and Miles Austin eat dinner with Carr at the stadium and offer their sales pitches.

“I didn’t expect that at all,” Carr said. “Those guys came to dinner and they were down to earth. That blew me away that here are guys like DeMarcus Ware and Jason Witten and they’re going to be grinding away all summer and in the locker room. I was like, ‘Man, these guys are guys I can see myself playing with.’ They seem accountable. Everybody had the same message as far as getting it down now and not waiting. That’s what I want. Those guys are pretty anxious to get back at it.”