Terence Newman released by Cowboys

Brad Biggs

The Dallas Cowboys have a tight salary-cap situation so it was no surprise today when they released veteran cornerback Terence Newman.

The former first-round draft pick was going to count just more than $8 million against the team’s salary cap this season, and depending on how the Cowboys made the move they will create $4 million or $6 million in cap room, according to ESPN Dallas.

The Cowboys also released kicker David Buehler. He was due to earn $1.26 million this season.

Newman was the big move though and it didn’t come as a surprise because owner Jerry Jones had publicly discussed a slip in play. The 33-year-old was a solid player for a long time but he’s no longer an elite cover man and Dallas is looking to boost its secondary in free agency.

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Brad Biggs covers the Bears for the Chicago Tribune