Cowboys vice-president Stephen Jones took time Thursday to reflect a little on the off season decision to sign free agent cornerback Brandon Carr and release former top pick Terence Newman.
Newman, who is now with the Bengals, the Cowboys’ opponent on Sunday, expressed disappointment earlier this week that he didn’t hear from owner Jerry Jones or anyone in the front office upon his release.
Jones wants it clear the organization has nothing but good feelings for Newman and will always consider him a Cowboy. They just felt that Carr was a better fit because of his age and their man to man scheme.
“Some times guys don’t fit certain systems,” Jones said. “We had kind of made it internally between our staff and scouts. We felt for the more the money we were paying Terence, Brandon would be a better fit. And to be candid because Brandon was younger. Terence has had a heck of a year and we commend him on it. But Brandon is younger and has all of his career in front of him.”
Jones says things happen so fast in the off season and it’s hard to cut some one with good feelings. But he says he and owner Jerry Jones have always had a great relationship with Newman and hope to continue that in the future.
“When people leave at the end, things happen fast,” Jones said. “And no one ever leaves with one of those ‘great to see you, glad you’re leaving’ attitudes. But Terence is dong playing, we will welcome back in the organization. He will be a Cowboy at th end of the day. We felt he had a great career here. We drafted him. There is nothing but positive feelings about Terence in this organization.”