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Report: Cowboys target Finnegan, Carr

Josh Cribbs, Cortland Finnegan AP

The Cowboys chose to keep Terence Newman at $8 million last offseason rather than cut him and make a more aggressive push for Nnamdi Asomugha.

Dallas probably regretted that decision during the 2011 season when the secondary collapsed. Don’t expect them to make the same mistake twice.

Calvin Watkins of ESPNDallas.com reports that the Cowboys have targeted Cortland Finnegan and Brandon Carr in free agency. They are the top two cornerbacks on the market and we suspect Dallas will do everything possible to lock up one of them.

Based on conversations at the Combine, PFT wrote Monday that the Cowboys would be aggressive in free agency upgrading the secondary.

Both Carr and Finnegan are technically candidates for the franchise tag. But the Chiefs are expected to use their tag on Dwayne Bowe. A league source indicates the Titans and Finnegan have made virtually no progress in contract talks and Tennessee is not expect to use the tag.

The Cowboys will have competition for both men. But the Cowboys usually get what they want in free agency if they truly want it. It’s clear they are ready to spend at cornerback.

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  1. mrgdawg says: Feb 28, 2012 11:18 AM

    Carr is younger and has a higher upside.

  2. fijabbersman345 says: Feb 28, 2012 11:18 AM

    Cowboys will probably get Finnegan. Minnesota and Tennessee are going to try to break the bank on Carr.

  3. dkampling says: Feb 28, 2012 11:20 AM

    Haha, thumbs up if you thought it was David Carr… Wouldn’t shock me Jerrah!

  4. medtxpack says: Feb 28, 2012 11:20 AM

    Dallas should sign both. That would fit Jerry.

  5. daysend564 says: Feb 28, 2012 11:20 AM

    Carr, not Finnegan!

  6. kingdavid56 says: Feb 28, 2012 11:28 AM

    I would love to see either one of them in Dallas!

  7. ebeg420 says: Feb 28, 2012 11:29 AM

    Come on guys, keep T. Newman in Dallas!!!

    Please?

    Thank you,
    Eagles fan…

  8. lolb23 says: Feb 28, 2012 11:30 AM

    Until Romo is replaced with a decent QB it doesn’t matter who else the Cowboys bring in, they’ll continue to botch every season.

  9. radrntn says: Feb 28, 2012 11:32 AM

    you can add Finnegan to pretty much every teams wish list……..once again highest bidder wins. Game of poker the ante starts at about 5 years for 60 million….now whose in?

  10. tom35mt says: Feb 28, 2012 11:34 AM

    that’s good, I dont like this year’s crop of rookie CBs, except Clayborne, but there is now way, he’s available when the cowboys pick in the first.

    Let’s hope we target a center in FA and draft DeCastro.

  11. thingamajig says: Feb 28, 2012 11:35 AM

    Jerrah’s taking lessions from the Eagles.

  12. jarobinewsome says: Feb 28, 2012 11:35 AM

    Some serious moves need to be made in the secondary…not sure either of theses guy is the answer. Let’s draft a CB and develop him through camp and OTA’s. Lost all respect for Cortland Finnegan when Andre Johnson beat him down last year.

  13. daysend564 says: Feb 28, 2012 11:36 AM

    Finnegan is 28 and has two, MAYBE three good years left in him. He’s going to want a lot of money and a lengthy contract. The Cowboys will be seeing the same thing they are seeing from Newman right now where they will have to hang onto him for too long for cap implications.

    Carr is only 26. Barring injury he should have a good five years left in him, just about the length of his contract.

  14. peytonsneck18 says: Feb 28, 2012 11:39 AM

    The same way Andre Johnson targeted Finnegans face several times?

  15. east96st says: Feb 28, 2012 11:41 AM

    I have to give Jerruh credit. No matter what the cap, he always has big bucks to throw at players. Fortunately for the rest of the NFC East, it usually doesn’t work out anywhere near as well as it looks like it will on paper, but he does always find a way to sign his guy. His is a master at managing the payroll.

  16. twitter:Chapman_Jamie says: Feb 28, 2012 11:46 AM

    I want both. I don’t care if it takes up all of the space available. The secondary is why Dallas lost so many games last year.

  17. moneey31 says: Feb 28, 2012 11:48 AM

    We need both. You can never have too many good corners. if we get both in free agency we don’t have to draft any and we can work on the pass rush opposite of Demarcus Ware. I like Finnegan, that is one feisty corner who will mix it up and take out any team’s best wide out. You heard it hear first PFT, this will be the first year Jerry’s spending spree pays off. We have a great core and great skill players, you give Big D a secondary and an offseason to perfect Ryan’s defense and your looking at your NFC Champions next season

  18. rubicon202 says: Feb 28, 2012 11:49 AM

    @east96st that is treu! I don’t know how he does it but he does? In any event I doubt he’ll break the bank for these 2 and if he does Nnamdi and the eagles showed its more about chemistry and coaching. Ryan is an average DC, he was with Oakland, Browns & now Cowboys. Maybe one but not both…

  19. hashsview says: Feb 28, 2012 11:51 AM

    Like either of these two CB’s are going to give Dallas the push they need to contend. Enjoy ending another season behind the Giants and Eagles.

  20. cannonballdookie says: Feb 28, 2012 11:53 AM

    east96st says: Feb 28, 2012 11:41 AM

    I have to give Jerruh credit. No matter what the cap, he always has big bucks to throw at players. Fortunately for the rest of the NFC East, it usually doesn’t work out anywhere near as well as it looks like it will on paper, but he does always find a way to sign his guy. His is a master at managing the payroll.
    ————————————————

    Exactly. This team was way over the cap and spent a ton in the uncapped year but now they have money to work with. Irrational fans seem to think Jerry is a horrible GM because of Roy Williams and Terrence Newman and completely disregard everyone else on the roster.

  21. ttommytom says: Feb 28, 2012 11:57 AM

    If Romo can complete a backyard pass…ONE SIMPLE PASS, then the Giants go home.

    You will never have a perfect team, something has to give somewhere. So overpay for a CB or 2. What about Spencer’s spot? What about LT? And on and on. Musical chairs.

    Back to the QB and ONE play…

  22. whitecastleisafoodgroup says: Feb 28, 2012 12:01 PM

    As long as Jerruh is GM does it really matter who they sign?

    The strongest phase of football the Cowboys have is their marketing department. That’s apparently all they need.

  23. plumbstupid says: Feb 28, 2012 12:08 PM

    What? No Asante, Jerry? I can’t wait until Vick gives Asante that shoulder fake. TOUCHDOWN, EAGLES!

  24. solomon151 says: Feb 28, 2012 12:11 PM

    Fortunately for the rest of the NFC East, it usually doesn’t work out anywhere near as well as it looks like it will on paper, but he does always find a way to sign his guy.
    ————————————————–
    Funny, Their always seem to be in the running for the NFC East Crown tho dont they!?!?!

  25. hailskins4life says: Feb 28, 2012 12:18 PM

    What recent history suggests that the Cowboys get whoever they want in FA? Name me a good player on that team who they acquired via free agency. Romo, Austin, Dez, Witten, Smith, Murray, Jones, Ware and Lee are all draft picks (or undrafted FA in the case of Romo).

  26. zaggs says: Feb 28, 2012 12:24 PM

    “ttommytom says: Feb 28, 2012 11:57 AM

    If Romo can complete a backyard pass…ONE SIMPLE PASS, then the Giants go home.

    You will never have a perfect team, something has to give somewhere. So overpay for a CB or 2. What about Spencer’s spot? What about LT? And on and on. Musical chairs.

    Back to the QB and ONE play…”

    Except what all the Dallas fans forget is that the Giants came back from being down, what, 13 points?
    Heck IF Victor Cruz didn’t bobble a ball against Seattle the Giants don’t need the Dallas win to move on if you want to play the “what if” game.

  27. offkiltereagle says: Feb 28, 2012 12:28 PM

    Yeah, they’re in the running for the NFC East crown every year at the beginning of the season.

  28. gcsuk says: Feb 28, 2012 12:30 PM

    ttommytom says: Feb 28, 2012 11:57 AM

    If Romo can complete a backyard pass…ONE SIMPLE PASS, then the Giants go home.

    You will never have a perfect team, something has to give somewhere. So overpay for a CB or 2. What about Spencer’s spot? What about LT? And on and on. Musical chairs.

    Back to the QB and ONE play…
    ————————————————————–

    But he didn’t. Time to get over it. Maybe if he would have held on to the snap 6 years ago too…

  29. gcsuk says: Feb 28, 2012 12:32 PM

    radrntn says: Feb 28, 2012 11:32 AM

    you can add Finnegan to pretty much every teams wish list……..once again highest bidder wins. Game of poker the ante starts at about 5 years for 60 million….now whose in?
    ———————————————————————

    On WHAT PLANET does Finnegan get more than Aaron Rodgers?

  30. kpow55 says: Feb 28, 2012 12:44 PM

    Jim Schwartz may be a D-Bag but he’s a competent D-bag who will have a job in 2013…. the same can’t be said for Jason Garret, that has to be a factor for CF when selecting a destination.

    A coach you know with some longevity or a fill In and an erratic GM?

    Plus it’s the friggin’ Cowboys……

  31. tbpdog says: Feb 28, 2012 12:45 PM

    @ ttommytom says: Feb 28, 2012 11:57 AM

    If Romo can complete a backyard pass…ONE SIMPLE PASS, then the Giants go home.

    You mean the pass that the WR lost in the lights? It was Austin’s fault and he said as much after the game. Romo put up a 140 rating in that game, how many other QB’s have ever done that in a game and lost? ZERO. Romo went 9 of 10 int he 4th quarter of that game, and the 1 miss was the play Austin messed up, so yeah, if Romo completes 100% of his passes, Dallas is unbeatable….makes sense..and is a reasonable expectation for any QB.

  32. east96st says: Feb 28, 2012 12:51 PM

    “Funny, Their always seem to be in the running for the NFC East Crown tho dont they!?!?!”

    One playoff win in over a decade and half and that’s what you’re going with? All hat, no cattle.

  33. oldcracker says: Feb 28, 2012 12:53 PM

    Cowboy fans deserve JJ as an owner…bwahahahahahahaha!

  34. kcrobert10 says: Feb 28, 2012 12:59 PM

    Chiefs fan here guys and I’m telling u there is a reason we gave flowers the money and not Carr. It’s not cause were cheap this time its cause he isn’t worth it. Just warning all of u buyer beware.

  35. zack2482 says: Feb 28, 2012 1:13 PM

    lolb23 says:
    Feb 28, 2012 11:30 AM
    Until Romo is replaced with a decent QB it doesn’t matter who else the Cowboys bring in, they’ll continue to botch every season.
    _______________________________

    I believe we are talking about a CB, not a QB. CB stands for Cornerback and QB stands for Quarterback…

    If you knew football, you would know that Romo is not the problem…

  36. sslugnuts says: Feb 28, 2012 1:23 PM

    The Romo bashing never ceases to amaze me. He should reallywork on his coverage skills, because Victor Cruz really abused him last yearn coverage

  37. Soulman45 says: Feb 28, 2012 1:28 PM

    Jerry you are fired Soulman45 you are hired.
    My first order who won’t to by a football team?
    The Dallas Cowgirls.

    Sign
    The Cheer Leaders

  38. ttommytom says: Feb 28, 2012 2:17 PM

    I’m a NYer and a Giants fan from the 60’s. I was making a point.

    Point being a bounce here or there and it is all different. Whether it is the young man from Jersey via UMass or Romo or JWilliams being the only guy to get a free release on a punt. (Watch the play over again…San Fran…).

    So pay for new DB’s it just means you can’t pay for another position. It also means you can’t control every bounce NO MATTER WHAT YOU PAY.

  39. ttommytom says: Feb 28, 2012 2:18 PM

    p.s. I drive around Philly when necessary and wouldn’t even fly over Texas let alone land there…

  40. chadinkc30 says: Feb 28, 2012 2:25 PM

    Hate to break it to u chiefs fan, your team is cheap & yes Brandon Carr is better than Flowers!

  41. rexismybff says: Feb 28, 2012 2:31 PM

    “The Cowboys will have competition for both men. But the Cowboys usually get what they want in free agency if they truly want it. It’s clear they are ready to spend at cornerback.”

    =========================

    And it’s clear that, as usual, Jones is going to overpay for overrated secondary free agents when the draft is loaded with secondary talent.

  42. 10kmp says: Feb 28, 2012 2:52 PM

    The Cowboys chose to keep Terence Newman at $8 million last offseason rather than cut him and make a more aggressive push for Nnamdi Asomugha.
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    Unbelievably stupid decision. Not that Asomugha is a great player, but Newman, without question, was never more than an average player at best. Why the Cowboys chose to bring this guy back, bad year after bad year, is unfathomable, and to pay him 8 mil for his contribution last season is simply inane. Goodbye Terrence, and good riddance.

  43. kcrobert10 says: Feb 28, 2012 3:25 PM

    Chad ur crazy Carr isn’t better than flowers and to prove it go check out the stats of the games which flowers didn’t play and look at how many more passing yards we gave up.

  44. traevin says: Feb 29, 2012 6:17 AM

    “Jerrah’s taking lessions from the Eagles.”

    _________________________________________

    Wouldn’t surprise me. It’s a pretty filthy city. I get lesions even thinking about the cesspit.

  45. solomon151 says: Feb 29, 2012 6:56 AM

    One playoff win in over a decade and half and that’s what you’re going with? All hat, no cattle
    ————————————————–
    Umm, Sure one playoff win. I hope your not a Skins fan. Then you would have no room to talk. All Indian’s no Chiefs. The reason for only one win in the playoffs is because of poor play on the defense. But with that said, there is no excuse for not winning more and hopefully this the start of something bigger.

  46. lzp9 says: Mar 2, 2012 11:12 AM

    Cortland isn’t a bad fit for the right price. I absolutely believe we need help in the secondary and that Newman is way pass his prime and needs to go. However you can get away with average to slightly above average corners. The giants did it last year, thats how they won the superbowl. The reason their sceondary played better was because they had a healthy pass rush going into the end of the season. With a solid pass rush you can get away with a mediocare secondary. We have one rusher in Demarcus Ware, and sometimes he dissappears. I would target a guy like Mario Williams. If you put pressure on the QB the less pressure will be on your secondary. It all starts up front with the big guys.

  47. popibrown says: Mar 2, 2012 3:11 PM

    Finnegan and Carr, we need a major overhaul along with some attitude.

  48. grhopper says: Mar 3, 2012 7:39 PM

    Here’s another vote for Mario Williams, (assuming he’s recovered from ACL surgery). Pressure is better than cover! Another target could be OL, Carl Hicks. Ball control keeps your defense off the field and fresher.

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