Not long after announcing they will release cornerback Terence Newman, the Cowboys began wooing his potential replacement. The Cowboys brought Kansas City free agent cornerback Brandon Carr to Cowboys Stadium in Arlington while engaged in serious negotiations with his agent, Ben Dogra, in hopes of signing him as quickly as possible, according to a source.
A contingent of Cowboys brass, including vice president Stephen Jones, coach Jason Garrett and defensive coordinator Rob Ryan were prepared to roll out the red carpet for Carr at Cowboys Stadium.
Carr appears to be the Cowboys primary focus, which is understandable considering they ranked among the worst past defenses in team history over the past two years.
Carr, 26, is in the prime of his career after being picked in the fifth round by the Chiefs in 2008. He has started all 64 games of his career. Although he has just eight interceptions, he is a solid performer and doesn't give many plays. He allowed just three touchdowns last season and had 15 pass deflections. No Cowboys player had more than eight in 2011.
The Cowboys also made contact to bring in Chiefs quarterback Kyle Orton to replace Jon Kitna as Tony Romo's primary backup.
Orton has played for three teams -- the Bears, Broncos and Chiefs -- with 69 starts, 80 touchdown passes and 47 interceptions. The Cowboys put in a claim in for Orton after he was released by the Broncos during the 2011 season, but the Chiefs won the claim.
-- Clarence Hill