Cowboys release Terence Newman, save salary cap space

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Todd Archer of ESPN Dallas reports that the Cowboys have released cornerback Terence Newman. Newman, 33, was owed in excess of $6 million in 2012 base salary.

If the Cowboys designated Newman as a post June 1 cap casualty, they can save $6 million under the salary cap. If not, Dallas saves $4 million. They certainly need the cap space.

Either way, this was an easy decision for the Cowboys. While Newman enjoyed a mostly impressive nine-year run with the team, he’s lost quite a bit of steam late in his career and was exposed relentlessly in coverage last season. Newman may struggle to generate contract offers worth more than the veteran’s minimum on the free agent market.

Look for Dallas to use its cap savings to land either Brandon Carr or Cortland Finnegan.

56 responses to “Cowboys release Terence Newman, save salary cap space

  1. What do the Cowboys and every NFC East receiver have in common? They all have Terrence Newman in the rear view mirror!

  2. This just in…Rodger Goddell has fined the Cowboys an additional 2 million dollars for releasing Newman. When asked why he made the move, Goddell simply said he was “bored.”

  3. It’s easy to target Newman, but he has provided us with some good years. I will miss him. I genuinely wish him the best. Unlike many fans, I don’t hate the guy.

    It’ll be a sad day to see someone else wearing #41.

    Goodbye old friend.

  4. Newman had a greatcareer. But he has lost his step and is no longer a shut down corner. He’ll either sign with Bengals, who take all the ex-Cowboys or he’ll land with the Pats. They love veterans and need all the help they can get on D.

  5. love that pic. Heck of a play on the part of Arizona and horrible tackling on Dallas’ part.

  6. If I didnt despise Finnegan in a Titans uni, I certainly will if he puts a star on his helmet.

  7. Great move! About 3 years too late! But I’d rather be in our spot than the Skins. $36M is a lot of duckets to be out of.

    Now, there are a few other names on the O-Line and secondary I’d like to get rid of…

  8. Chargers and Hardwick agree on 3yr deal….i know. Wrong article. Welcome to the start of free agency! News will be flying!

  9. With only Jenkins and Scandrick the only CBs on the roster. They should sign Carr to be a starter and sign Newman back at the veteran’s minimum $760k to be the #4 CB.

  10. Thanks Goodness, as a cowboys fan the only thing that gets burnt more than Newman is toast.

  11. Once my favorite player. He was blazing fast and quick in his prime. However, he just got lazy and slow and became a liability. It was the right move.

  12. I don’t think a lot of people will ever realize just how great of a corner Newman was in his prime.
    The man went 30 straight games without giving up a single touchdown in 2005 and 2006, and only gave up 17 total receptions the entire 2007 season while playing through plantar fascitis (sp?).
    He was underrated for the majority of his career but simply didn’t let the other receiver catch the ball when he was in his prime.
    Was also a really cool guy who interacted great with the fans. Too bad that age and injuries caught up to him. But I enjoyed his career in Dallas and wish him well.

  13. This is what you have to do if you have to cheat and cant obey the rules like every other team even if you are told to do so 6 times.

  14. He deserved a couple more Pro Bowls in his prime than he got selected to. He has more interceptions and pass break-ups than Troy Polamalu who was drafted the same year.

    Yeah, he lost his blazing speed, but some team is going to get a very good slot corner for a few years.

  15. This thread of comments shows how stupid people are. Newman had a great 2010 and a really poor 2011.

    Reading Eagles fans comments about burnt crisp DBs is hilarious.

  16. hairpie says:
    Mar 13, 2012 3:11 PM
    This is what you have to do if you have to cheat and cant obey the rules like every other team even if you are told to do so 6 times.
    WOW. Appearently you know something we don’t. What rules?!?! A secret handshake is not a rule. Do more reading first. Maybe like six more times.

  17. @rarelyclever

    A.) Newman is a Corner, and Troy Polamalu is a Safety.

    B.) A slot corner has to have the speed and quickness to cover the speedy slot receivers.

  18. lionsmark09 says:
    Mar 13, 2012 2:59 PM
    Welcome to Detroit? He would come cheap.


    Why would we want someone who has been getting routinely burned the last few years? We are trying to get guys who DON’T get burned repeatedly…..

  19. Its really too bad Newman isn’t going to be a cowgirl anymore. I loved watching him get torched every time a QB threw to his side. Thank God jerrah is running the draft because he will almost definitely going to draft another terrible DB to take his place. HAIL!!!

  20. This is terrible news. I loved watching terrance get smoked. I also loved the camera shots of the crypt keeper with all the blood vessles bulging out of his head and neck after Mr. Neuman got tore up.

  21. Newman was a bust! As a Cowboy fan and Newman’s “potential”, he did nothing to support the initial pick out of Kansas St. He was never a shutdown CB and laid off the WRs by 10 yards over the last few years…actually his whole career. Rescind the Spencer franchise contract, then get Carr, Grubbs, and try to find a safety to replace Elam.

  22. Dressed like Deion, tackled like Deion but couln’t cover like Deion!!! Eagles will miss him as well.

  23. Huge Newman fan at one time. I’m guessing he heads to KC as his home town is so close. Wish him well.

  24. So many of these “fans” with short term memories will ride a players bad streak into the ground to the point that they forget all the good things about his career. Its unfair and ungrateful. Hell if we were all judged on a whole by only the bad things none of us would amount to sh–. I have no doubt T-new is going to bounce back stronger than ever with his new start, and lets pray for the TRUE LOYAL Cowboy fans that it doesnt turn out that Newman wasnt the problem with the team not playing up to expectation afterall. Personally I doubt it was all his fault. But now we shall see once and for all. Because this cat sure as hell is catching alot of the blame. Be careful when you talk down on a player thats given his best to an organization and community for so long because karma is a b—h that loves to bite you in the ass. That very player you kicked while they were down just might end up getting the best end of the deal.

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