Dallas Cowboys: Happy Trails to Former Pro Bowler Terence Newman

Ronnie HampstonCorrespondent IMarch 13, 2012

ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 19:  Cornerback Terence Newman #41 of the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on September 19, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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I know it's feeling like Christmas in Dallas.

Former first-round draft pick Terence Newman was released today. This was a move that was much needed for the Cowboys. Newman was due $6 million this season, so his release helps the Cowboys save some money after being hit by recent cap penalties

During Terence Newman's nine-year career, he had many ups and downs. Drafted during the Bill Parcells era, Newman provided several solid years as a pretty good cover corner. Like many athletes that get up in age, Newman started to go on a downward spiral. Newman became "toast" for opposing quarterbacks and wide receivers. 

This past season was the tip of the iceberg. 

While Newman was still blessed with a decent amount of speed, he had fallen victim to many big plays at crucial moments this season. 

Despite having four interceptions to go along with eight passes defended, Newman's numbers looked a lot better than his play on the field. The veteran started the season off strong, but injuries hampered him in the latter part of the season and affected his play.

The two-time Pro Bowler will look to find work elsewhere now that he is a free agent. We know that Bill Belichick has a love-fest for older players, meaning that New England could be a landing spot for Newman. 

The Cowboys may look to fill Newman's vacant spot with free agents Courtland Finnegan or Brandon Carr. 

We all know that Jerry Jones will not stand pat and rely on Mike Jenkins to be his No. 1 cornerback.