Dallas Cowboys: 2011 free agency

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Free agent outlook: Nnamdi Asomugha

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In about three weeks, maybe sooner, the NFL will get its act together, end the lockout and league business -- including a free agency frenzy -- will start immediately.

The Cowboys have several holes, and tried to fix some through the NFL Draft. But free agency will be another another avenue to regroup from last season's 6-10 disappointment.

Over the next five days, we'll look at five potential free agents the Cowboys should try and sign.

NNAMDI ASOMUGHA, CB, Oakland

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Kyle Terada/US PresswireFree agent cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha had no interceptions and just six pass breakups last year, but that's because opposing teams mostly refused to throw his way while covering their best receiver.
Why sign him? He's one of the best cover corners in the game. Quarterbacks don't throw his way, as evident of his zero interceptions and just six pass breakups last year. He's a defender who takes out the opponents' No. 1 wide receiver and can work all over the field. If the Cowboys sign him, it's going to cost them as he'll likely command a salary of about $7 million to $8 million a year. To make this happen, the Cowboys will have to let high-priced veteran Terence Newman go.

Newman, who turns 33 in September, is coming off a season which wasn't his best on the field. It makes you wonder if he's starting to slow down. Adding Asomugha would put pressure on fellow cornerback Mike Jenkins and slot corner Orlando Scandrick to produce because offenses will avoid Asomugha. Of course, defensive coordinator Rob Ryan knows all about Asomugha, having working with him for a few years. So if the Cowboys do pursue Asomugha, Ryan has all the knowledge necessary for the front office.

Is there anybody else? Of course. A cheaper version is Ike Taylor, who gave up just one touchdown last season, according to Pro Football Focus. The Cowboys could stay away from this position entirely and just go with their current group. Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones said previous Pro Bowl appearances from Newman and Jenkins gives him hope they can return to their Pro Bowl ways.

Key stat: Newman and Jenkins combined for 19 pass breakups in 2010.

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