Owner Jerry Jones said Saturday not to assume Terence Newman would have been released had the Cowboys signed Nnamdi Asomugha. But it probably is a good assumption. Newman is scheduled to make an $8 million base and count $10 million against the salary cap. Asomugha signed a five-year, $60 million deal with the Eagles. That would have been a lot of money for cornerbacks.
For his part, Newman said he doesn't care about speculation about his future.
"This is a business," Newman said Sunday, the first day he has talked in training camp. "I’m just focused on trying to get better, and trying to make this team better. That’s why I waited until [Sunday to talk]. I figured this would’ve died down a little, but obviously it didn’t."
There had been some thought that Newman might be cut anyway, in a salary-cap move, as the Cowboys tried to shed millions to get underneath the $120 million cap. But Newman made it to training camp and is still here.
"When I was a little kid, I always wanted to play in the NFL," he said. "It didn’t matter what team I got to. I wanted to play. I’m here, and I’m not going anywhere. I’m going to work."
Newman, who turns 33 before the season, played through a rib injury last season when he allowed 58 receptions for 871 yards and three touchdowns. It was not one of his better seasons.
"I don't make excuses for anything," Newman said. "If you go out and play, if you are well enough to play, then you should compete. I took injections to play, but I was out there. That was not an excuse for me. I'm not going to make an excuse and say I was hurt. That is not me."
-- Charean Williams