With the NFL’s free agency period beginning on Tuesday, the Dallas Cowboys released cornerback Terence Newman today.
Newman’s release was pretty well expected. The nine-year veteran’s play had declined dramatically over the past few seasons, despite his posting a career-high five interceptions in 2010. In 2011, Newman was just one pick shy of matching this mark, with four, but his shoddy tackling and penchant for being burned deep--and, perhaps most important, his hefty contract--made it fairly clear that he wouldn’t be around in 2012.
Owner and general manager Jerry Jones also may have hinted at the move shortly after season’s end, when he said flatly that there would be some “new faces” in the secondary next season.
Newman started all 133 games he played for the Cowboys, and finishes his career in Dallas with 542 tackles, two sacks and 32 interceptions. He was named to the Pro Bowl in 2007 and 2009.
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