Dallas Cowboys: Should Terence Newman Be a Cap Casualty?

Josh McCainSenior Writer IAugust 4, 2011

OXNARD, CA - JULY 30: Wide receiver Terrance Copper #18 of the Dallas Cowboys makes a catch in front of defensive back Terence Newman #41 during the first day of training camp on July 30, 2005 in Oxnard, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn /Getty Images)
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John Clayton reported two days ago that the Dallas Cowboys are $3.7 million over the salary cap.  Owner Jerry Jones and his accountants need to trim some fat.

In spite of their lack of depth in the secondary, the Cowboys may want to think long and hard about parting ways with 32-year-old cornerback Terence Newman, or at the very least renegotiate his contract.

Newman is due to make $8 million this season and is already going to miss four to six weeks with a groin injury.

It seems Dallas had put all their eggs in the Nnamdi Asomugha basket, and since they were unable to sign him, they missed out on several good corners.

ProFootballTalk has reported that Newman had to receive painkilling injections before every game last season, and since he's already injured, would the Cowboys secondary suffer all that more if he were not on the roster?

Obviously there are more cuts to be made by the Cowboys, but slashing $8 million from your cap by letting go an aging cornerback who probably won't play in all 16 games is a start.