Newman, CBs Appear Safe For Now

Those Nnamdi Asomugha rumors might need to die down, at least for now.

After the Cowboys allowed a franchise-record 436 points last season, executive vice president Stephen Jones said in April that the front office still felt good about their primary trio of cornerbacks: Terence Newman, Mike Jenkins and Orlando Scandrick.

Asked at Wednesday's camp-opening press conference if the corners are still safe, Jones' reply was simple: "Yes."

Of course, things always could change quickly, and the Cowboys are expected to make a flurry of roster moves in the coming days. Though no announcements have been made, the Cowboys are widely expected to clear cap room Thursday by releasing veterans Roy Williams, Marion Barber, Kris Brown and possibly Leonard Davis and Marc Colombo. Releasing Newman could save up to $8 million this season.

But right now the team doesn't seem inclined to pursue a veteran cornerback.

Probably a couple reasons for that line of thinking. First, the organization is optimistic Jenkins will rebound from a down year. Newman should be healthy again after battling injuries the second half of the season. Scandrick played extremely well down the stretch.

Second, the Cowboys simply have higher priorities right now without bundles of cap room: defensive line, safety and offensive line. Corner and wide receiver depth are needed, but they're apparently down the list.

Meantime Asomugha, the All-Pro corner linked to the Cowboys throughout the lockout, is reportedly drawing major interest from the Jets and 49ers.

This article has been reproduced in a new format and may be missing content or contain faulty links. Please use the Contact Us link in our site footer to report an issue.

Advertising