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If Cowboys land Asomugha, Newman's likely gone

Posted on: May 27, 2011 5:00 pm
Edited on: May 27, 2011 5:53 pm
 
Posted by Ryan Wilson

The Cowboys drafted cornerback Terence Newman fifth overall in 2003. Five years later, and quite happy with his development, the club rewarded him with a six-year extension worth $50.2 million, including $22.5 million guaranteed.

But as often happens, professional athletes reach their physical peak in their late 20s, and their production falls off a cliff once they hit 30. Newman was 29 when he got his new deal; he will be 33 when (if?) the 2011 season starts.

Given his age, it's no surprise that Newman struggled last season. Sobering details via ProFootballFocus.com:

"After a solid 2009, [Newman] crashed back to earth in a big way. Although he picked off five passes, he also gave up five touchdowns and allowed 65 percent of balls [thrown in his direction] to be completed. His 914 yards allowed ranked sixth worst in the NFL. Compare that to 2009 where he allowed just 740 yards and 57 percent of balls to be complete."

Also not surprising: Should there be free agency this summer, the Cowboys will be in the market for a shutdown corner. The team addressed the position three years ago by drafting Mike Jenkins. After conquering his aversion to contact as a rookie, and a promising 2009 season, Jenkins hit a rough patch in 2010. "His QB-rating-allowed more than doubled [from '09 to '10] (from 54.0 to 122.0), he allowed more touchdowns (two compared to six) and had fewer picks (five compared to one)," PFF's John Breitenbach wrote last month.

Presumably, Dallas isn't yet ready to give up on Jenkins. He has three things teams covet in cornerbacks: youth, athleticism and potential. Newman's tenure in Big D, however, could be nearing an end.

ESPNDallas.com's Calvin Watkins, in a recent mailbag column, was asked about the Cowboys' chances of acquiring CB Nnamdi Asomugha and S Michael Huff in free agency (contingent on a new labor deal). Both players are familiar with new Dallas defensive coordinator Rob Ryan from their time together in Oakland, and Asomugha is the consensus best cornerback in the free-agent class. Waktins' take:

"Of those two names you mentioned, I would say the team would try to sign Asomugha. If it happens, salary cap or not, the team won't keep Terence Newman. I don't see the team keeping two players in the defensive backfield who would command an average of $6 million to $8 million a season. Huff is an interesting choice, but I think Abram Elam and maybe Danieal Manning are better players."

The salary-cap math says that jettisoning Newman makes sense, even if he can somehow summon one more good season. And if Newman isn't with the Cowboys in 2011, he will be somewhere, likely paid well for his services. Demand for cornerbacks always outstrips supply, and franchises desperate to upgrade their secondaries will overpay for a player on the downside of a great career based solely on past performance. It seldom works out for both sides, although Champ Bailey and Charles Woodson are exceptions. Maybe Newman can be too.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 8, 2012 4:07 am
 

If Cowboys land Asomugha, Newman's likely gone

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Since: May 18, 2009
Posted on: June 5, 2011 1:33 pm
 

If Cowboys land Asomugha, Newman's likely gone

"Davis always goes for the cheap hire, or the inexperienced guy.."

You are confusing Al Davis with Billy Beane. Beane has ruined the A's. Davis, on the other hand, likes to take chances and overpay expensive veterans like Sapp, Moss. Wilson, and Hall. It hasn't been pretty, but at least Al is trying. Seymour seems to be working out. The A's, on the other hand, are done.



Since: Apr 28, 2011
Posted on: June 2, 2011 9:34 am
 

If Cowboys land Asomugha, Newman's likely gone

Loud mouth Philly fans?  Everyone else talking about 20 years ago's super bowl titles.  I will make it easy for you guys:

2000-2010
Raiders:  70-106 W-L  3 division titles, 3 playoff app.
49ers:    74-10
2 W-L  1 division title, 2 playoff app.
Dallas:    88-88  W-L  1 division title, 4 playoff app.

EAGLES  113- 63 W-L  7 division titles, 9 playoff app.

There seems to be only one team in the HUNT every year, in probably one of the best divisions in football.  So we are the best option to win a super bowl based on recent history and also will be willing to pay him a boat load.  And to play along side Asante with an offense that includes Vick, Jackson, McCoy, Maclin.  Common man!



Since: Jun 1, 2011
Posted on: June 1, 2011 6:18 pm
 

If Cowboys land Asomugha, Newman's likely gone

The San Francisco 49ers already overspent for Nate Clements, singing him to an 8 year $80 million dollar contract. Clements is set to make $15 million this season. I think the 49ers and Clements will reconstruct the deal. Anyway's, I don't see the 49ers playing Asomugha 15 per year. No now, the 49ers have way to many needs. 
The Oakland Raiders are just that the Oakland Raiders, ran by a crazy old man. I truly feel sorry for the many Raiders fans that have had to endure this ownership methods. At least the 49ers are will to spend whatever it takes to win. Davis always goes for the cheap hire, or the inexperienced guy, that he can later blame for the Raiders problems, knowing full well that he was the brains of the operation. I think whoever shows the most money will land his services. Its simple, so him the money, and you get the best corner in the NFL. Yes, he is better than Revis.  



Since: Mar 29, 2011
Posted on: June 1, 2011 5:27 pm
 

If Cowboys land Asomugha, Newman's likely gone

Boom goes the dinamite   lol   nice shot boomer



Since: Mar 29, 2011
Posted on: June 1, 2011 5:26 pm
 

If Cowboys land Asomugha, Newman's likely gone

Hey Nnamdi......Seattle desperatelty needs a CB....just food for thought



Since: Jan 31, 2011
Posted on: June 1, 2011 5:20 pm
 

If Cowboys land Asomugha, Newman's likely gone

this is true. the 49ners and raiders do have like 8 rings togethers.. the eagles have 1


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