Pump your brakes on all the reports of Nnamdi Asomugha to the Cowboys.
"The Cowboys are not in the Nnamdi sweepstakes." Those were words in a text message from his agent Ben Dogra to me on Friday afternoon.
It never made financial sense for the Cowboys, especially considering their cap situation and his salary expectations.
Vice-president Stephen Jones has said all along that he was happy with Terence Newman and Mike Jenkins at cornerback. Coach Jason Garrett said the same thing.
Owner Jerry Jones is the wildcard. He could be looking at Asomugha as he did Deion Sanders in 1995 when he made the move to get him from the 49ers. But then the Cowboys felt they were one player away from a Super Bowl title.
And while Asomugha is the best cornerback in the game not named Darrelle Revis and would make a huge difference in the Rob Ryan's defense, the Cowboys have a lot of needs on defense.
Certainly if they made a play for Asomugha, the Cowboys have to part ways with Newman and his $9 million salary. The problem with that that Newman will still count $4 million against this year's cap and $8 million against the next year's cap, bringing the total of dead money on the 2012 cap to $28 million for players no longer on the team.
The Cowboys would definitely be mortgaging the future for the present.
Of course with Jerry Jones anything is possible.
Clarence E. Hill