Instead, the team made the decision to retain cornerback 32-year-old cornerback Terence Newman for $8 million despite the fact he was coming off a rough 2010 season. He had to to take painkilling injections before every game just to get on the field last year.
The decision to keep Newman looked suspect at the time and it looks even worse following the news Newman will miss the next 4-6 weeks with a groin injury.
Perhaps the most underrated skill a front office must have is the ability to self scout. The Cowboys routinely keep veteran players one or two years too long, and they hand out contract extensions to guys on the roster that don’t deserve it. (Ken Hamlin.)
It’s too easy to say the Cowboys were simply unlucky here. The best teams make the necessary moves before luck gets involved.